New US envoy for Turkey arrives in Ankara

John Bass, who was sworn in as the new US Ambassador to Turkey on October 7, says Turkey and the US are "long-time friends and strategic partners"

New US envoy for Turkey arrives in Ankara

World Bulletin/News Desk

The new U.S. ambassador to Turkey John Bass, has arrived in Ankara.

Giving a short speech in the Turkish capital's airport on Saturday, Bass described Turkey and the U.S. as "long-time friends and strategic partners".

“I have been to Turkey many times and loved it. I am very happy about the idea to live here now,” he added.

The U.S. Senate confirmed 50-year-old Bass as ambassador to Ankara on September 17 and he was sworn in on October 7 in Washington DC.

He was nominated in June but had his nomination was held up by the Senate until after the August recess.

Bass is a Syracuse University graduate and was U.S. ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012.

He speaks French and Italian and was head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq from 2008 to 2009.

Bass was also the special advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry before being confirmed as the envoy to Turkey by the U.S. Senate.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ekim 2014, 17:37