(This event was organised by MEI’s Arabia Asia Research Cluster, as part of its quarterly public talks series.)
Turkey is the number one supplier nation of humanitarian aid. It hosts 3.6 million Syrians who had to flee their country to save their lives as well as close to half a million other foreign nationals seeking security. Moreover, through various government agencies, Turkey provides aid to people stricken by natural disaster, poverty or political turmoil across the globe. The presentation focused on the foreign policy dimension of Turkish humanitarian aid work as well as provide some examples of the work being conducted for the Syrians in Turkey, the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar and most recently the assistance provided in Sulawesi.
About the Speaker(s)
His Excellency Ambassador Murat Lütem was born in 1969 in Ankara. He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993. He was appointed to the Embassies of Bonn (1996 – 1999), Baku (1999 – 2001), Washington (2003 – 2007) and served as the Boston Consul General (2010 – 2013). Ambassador Lütem, who served twice in the Office of the President of Turkey during his appointments in Ankara was the Advisor to the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs during his last appointment in Ankara (2013 – 2016). In November 2016 he was appointed to Singapore.