|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
November 13, 1974 – March 30, 1975
|President||Fahri S. Korutürk|
|Prime Minister||Sadi Irmak|
|Preceded by||Turan Güneş|
|Succeeded by||Ahmet Gündüz Ökçün|
|Ambassador of Turkey to the United States|
April 1, 1975 – July 14, 1979
|Preceded by||Aydın Yeğen|
|Succeeded by||Mustafa Şükrü Elekdağ|
January 9, 1967 – November 1, 1974
|Preceded by||Rıfat Turgut Menemencioğlu|
|Succeeded by||Aydın Yeğen|
March 24, 1960 – October 28, 1960
|Preceded by||Suat Hayri Ürgüplü|
|Succeeded by||Bülent Uşaklıgil|
|Ambassador of Turkey to Japan|
January 1, 1963 – January 1, 1966
|Preceded by||Nejad Kemal Kavur|
|Succeeded by||Turgut Aytuğ|
Melih Rauf Esenbel
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
|Died||July 27, 1995|
In 1936, he entered in the service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a probationary clerk. He left the post in 1937 due to his conscription.
Esenbel reentered the ministry after completing his military service in 1938, working first in the Economy Department and then in 1939 in the Commerce Department. The same year, he was appointed chancellor of the embassy in Paris, France. In 1940, he was promoted to the post of Third Secretary. After becoming Second Secretary in Paris, he returned home in 1943 to serve in the Protocols Department of the ministry. Esenbel worked first as Secondary Secretary, and later was promoted to Department Director.
On February 17, 1959, Esenbel, in his capacity as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accompanied Prime minister Adnan Menderes (in office 1950-1960), who was on the way to London, UK to sign the London Agreement on the Cyprus issue with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis. The charter flight of the Turkish Airlines carrying eight crew and a delegation of 18 government officials from Ankara via Istanbul and Rome, Italy to London was diverted to Gatwick Airport due to poor visibility at Heathrow. The aircraft of type Vickers Viscount crashed in a wood during its final approach to land in extensive fog, and caught fire. Five of the crew and nine of the passengers died in the crash while Melih Esenbel was among the survivors with light injuries only. The prime minister survived without any injury.
Esenbel's next foreign position took him to Tokyo, Japan, where he acted as ambassador from January 1, 1963 to January 1, 1966. On January 9, 1967, he was appointed the second time to the Embassy in the USA serving at this post until November 1, 1974.
Prime minister Sadi Irmak, who was tasked by President Fahri Korutürk with forming of a caretaker government, appointed Melih Esenbel as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He served at this post from November 13, 1974 until March 30, 1975, the resignation of the cabinet due to a vote of no confidence in the parliament.
On April 1, the same year, Esenbel became for the third time Ambassador to Washington, D.C., where he acted until July 14, 1979. After completion of his duty in the USA, he returned home and was promoted to Minister-Counselor. On August 23, 1979, Melih Esenbel retired.
- "Sayın Melih Rauf Esenbel'in Özgeçmişi" (in Turkish). Dışişleri Bakanlığı. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "BBC News On This Day". 17 February 1959. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
- "Accident report at the Gatwick Aviation Society website". Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
- "Adnan Menderes'in uçak kazası". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz" (in Turkish). Dışişleri Bakanlığı-Vaşinton Büyükelçiliği. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- "Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz" (in Turkish). Dışişleri Bakanlığı Tokyo Büyükelçiliği. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- Esenbel, Melih (1993). Kıbrıs: Ayağa kalkan adam, 1954-1959 (in Turkish). Ankara: Bilgi Yayınevi. p. 192. ISBN 975-4943702.
Suat Hayri Ürgüplü
Rıfat Turgut Menemencioğlu
| Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
March 24, 1960-October 28, 1960
January 9, 1967-November 1, 1974
April 1, 1975-July 14, 1979
Mustafa Şükrü Elekdağ
Nejad Kemal Kavur
| Ambassador of Turkey to Japan
January 1, 1963-January 1, 1966
| Minister of Foreign Affairs
November 13, 1974 - March 30, 1975
Ahmet Gündüz Ökçün