Honorary lecture entitled “My life as a diplomat” by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Skopje, H.E. Ömür Şölendil was held at International Balkan University on Wednesday, 26th October 2016.  In front of a great audience which included representatives of the state institutions, governmental organizations, civil society, media, academic staff and students, Ambassador Şölendil shared his life story as a diplomat. A story that combines different times, different circumstances, different cultures, different diplomatic approaches, but the same person in the key role. A story that travels from Aleppo to Vienna, from Muscat to Ulan Bator, from Tripoli to Bucharest, having Skopje as a final destination of a journey of 40 years.

A welcome speech was delivered by the Rector of International Balkan University, Prof. Dr. İsmail Kocayusufoğlu, whereas the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Turkey in Bitola, Mr. Ajdovan Ademoski and the Member of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Sali Murati shared their views on the personality and work of Ambassador Şölendil.


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Who is Ömür Şölendil?

Ömür Şölendil was born on 20 July 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Middle-East Technical University at the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, Department of Politics and Public Administration in 1976.

In his outstandingly rich diplomatic life, Ambassador Şölendil has been appointed in several duties in various diplomatic and consular offices of the Republic of Turkey around the globe, such as:

• Vice Consul in Aleppo, Syria (1980-1982)
• Vice Consul and Consul in Zurich, Switzerland (1982-1983)
• First Secretary in Muscat, Oman (1984-1986)
• Counselor in the Embassy of Oslo, Norway (1987-1992)
• First Counselor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN Office in Vienna (1993-1997)
• Consul General in Batumi, Georgia (1998-2000)
• Consul General in Deventer, Netherlands (2000-2002)
• Ambassador, Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2006-2008)
• Ambassador, Tripoli, Libya (2008-2009)
• Ambassador, Bucharest, Romania (2011-2014)
• Ambassador, Skopje, Macedonia (2014-2016)

In the past two years, as Ambassador in Skopje, he added extra value to the great political, economic and cultural relations between Turkey and Macedonia. Beyond his formal duty, he has very often taken off his diplomatic suit and establish friendly relations with representatives of institutions and organizations in the country, as well as with the ordinary citizens who have seen in him a person who they can approach and friendly discuss matters of the country, region and the world. As such, he is a special person for the International Balkan University. A helping hand whenever we needed his diplomatic support, a honorable guest whenever we invited him to participate at our activities. As IBU family, we express our deepest gratitude to Ambassador Şölendil and convey our sincere wishes for a healthy and happy life to him and his family.