| Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu |
|Born||5 February 1968|
|Alma mater||Ankara University, Long Island University, Bilkent University, London School of Economics|
Turkish Foreign Minister that is not a Bilderberger.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is a Turkish diplomat and politician who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 24 November 2015, where he has been part in the effort to change government in Syria. He previously served in the same position from August 2014 to August 2015.
He is a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, where he represents Antalya Province. First elected to Parliament in the 2002 general election, he is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He was the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2010 to 2012.
Early life and education
Çavuşoğlu was born at Alanya, Antalya Province. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Science, in 1988 where he studied international relations. He then received a masters in economics from Long Island University in New York, and studied for his doctorate at Bilkent University. He was a research fellow at London School of Economics, where he was for a time president of the Turkish Society. Çavuşoğlu did not receive a PhD.
While serving in parliament, he has chaired the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population. In November 2009, he met the foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in the context of a report that the Assembly was preparing on the Soviet famine of 1932–1933.
Council of Europe
Çavuşoğlu joined the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2003 and soon after was named the head of the Turkish delegation and a vice-president of the Assembly. During the January 2010 session of the Assembly, he was nominated and elected on 25 January 2010 to replace outgoing President Lluís Maria De Puig of Spain. In the October reshuffle, this was the reason given for why he did not receive extra responsibilities in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government. His candidacy for this post was supported by all of Turkey's main parties. He became president just months before Turkey took up the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (November 2010) and at the same time that there was a Turkish president of the Congress of the Council of Europe. In 2012, he was succeeded by France's Jean-Claude Mignon.
2014 Turkish local elections
Çavuşoğlu was criticized by Hürriyet because of his intervention in the municipality election in Antalya that took place on 30 March 2014. When the opposing party candidate Mustafa Akaydin was ahead of the ruling party candidate, he visited the courthouse with his supporters and interrupted the counting process. After his interruption, counting of votes was stopped. It was claimed that the votes not already counted were from suburbs where the opposing party had more supporters.
2017 Rotterdam landing ban
On 11 March 2017, Çavuşoğlu was banned from landing in Rotterdam over remarks he had made about the way the Netherlands was treating Turkish émigrés, after the Dutch government had threatened to deny landing rights. Çavuşoğlu had planned to organize a large gathering to talk about the 2017 Turkish constitutional referendum, in which many Dutch-based émigrés can vote. However, his presence was claimed by the Dutch authorities to be a threat to public safety, and Çavuşoğlu was turned away, despite being the Foreign Minister. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the Netherlands, "Nazi remnants" and "fascists," which Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called "a crazy remark." Çavuşoğlu followed by defending Erdoğan's remark and by saying that the Netherlands was the "capital of fascism".
War on Syria
Since before the war started in 2011, Turkey has supported many proxy armies in Syria, in an attempt to topple the government there. In the period Çavuşoğlu has been foreign minister, this covert and at times overt effort has continued unabated.
He is married with one child. He speaks Turkish, English, German, and Japanese. He also studies the Russian language, only having spoken public it in limited settings, and is being as he described on "an intermediate level". His brother Hasan is the president of the Alanyaspor football club.