Namık Tan

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Namık Tan

Namık Tan (born 1956 in Mardin, Turkey) was the ambassador of Turkey to the United States. He holding that office since February 2010 until May 2014. He was a former ambassador of Turkey to Israel between 2007 and 2009.[1] He also served in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and in senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Tan's family traces its ancestral roots to Bulgaria, Greece, Ossetia, Syria, and elsewhere. He became interested in diplomacy at a young age. His father was a Turkish administrator and his work required the family to move around frequently. This broad exposure prompted Tan to take the foreign service examination. He studied law but did not become a lawyer.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography, Washington Embassy of Turkey.
  2. ^ Tristan Abbey, "A Conversation with Namik Tan," The American Interest (February 13, 2012).
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Nabi Şensoy
Turkey Ambassador to United States
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Feridun Sinirlioğlu
Turkey Ambassador to Israel
Succeeded by
Ahmet Oğuz Çelikkol