The Embassy of Turkey in Berlin
Address: Tiergartenstr. 19-21, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 275 85 0
Fax: +49 30 275 90 915
Amb. Ali Kemal Aydın
Amb. Ali Kemal Aydın was born in 1965 in Erzincan. He studied International Relations at the University of Ankara. After completing his studies in 1986, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Between 1986 and 2005 he was employed at the embassy of Tirana, the consulates general in Mainz and Nürnberg and the embassies in Bonn and Pretoria. After having served as consul general in Aleppo (2005-2009), he worked as executive vice-president for economic affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as Ambassador of Turkey to Libya. Since 2013 he was Deputy State Secretary for Political Relations and responsible for Eurasia and Africa and since November 2016 he serves as Ambassador of Turkey to Germany. Amb. Aydın is married and has a son. He speaks English and German.
Germany and Turkey enjoy an exceptionally close and wide-ranging relationship, which has stretched back over centuries. The nearly three million people of Turkish origin living in Germany act as an important factor in bilateral relations. Another factor is Turkey’s attractiveness as a travel and tourist destination (more than five million Germans visited the country in 2013). Both factors strongly influence the way in which the two nations see each other.
Germany has traditionally been held in high regard by Turkey. Relations between the two countries are friendly, wide-ranging and robust, which means that Turkey has very high expectations of Germany and German policy. Talks and consultations are held regularly at all levels, on a wide range of political and domestic policies, providing a sound basis for trustful and constructive cooperation even on controversial issues.
On the 12th and 13th of May 2013, a Strategic Dialogue was launched, which is designed to consolidate the existing intensive contacts between the two countries and place them on a new footing. The German-Turkish Strategic Dialogue includes annual meetings between the two foreign ministers and the setting up of a number of working groups at the level of senior government officials to address issues such as bilateral relations, security policy, combating terrorism, regional issues and Europe. At the most recent meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Davutoǧlu and Federal Chancellor Merkel in Berlin in January 2015, it was agreed to hold biennial intergovernmental consultations for the first time in 2016.
Turkey has been a candidate for EU membership since 1999. Accession negotiations started in 2005. In 1987, Turkey applied to join what was then the European Economic Community, and in 1997 it was declared eligible to join the EU. Turkey’s involvement with European integration dates back to 1959 and includes the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) for the progressive establishment of a Customs Union (ultimately set up in 1995). A Joint EU-Turkey Action Plan was agreed in October and was activated at the EU-Turkey Summit on 29th of November 2015. The Action Plan aims at bringing order in the migratory flows and stemming the influx of irregular migration. On the 24th of November 2015 the Commission adopted a Commission Decision establishing a Turkey Refugee Facility which will pool 3 billion EUR additional resources.