(Last Updated On: March 13, 2024)

In Belgrade, a solemn assembly convened at the Hyatt Regency on Monday, 11 March 2024, to honor the legacy of a distinguished figure in Turkish diplomacy, the late H. E. Ambassador Galip Balkar, organised the Turkish Embassy in Belgrade. Marking 41 years since his tragic death, the event titled “MARTYRED AMBASSADOR GALİP BALKAR: STAR OF THE TURKISH FOREIGN SERVICE” attracted a notable assembly of dignitaries and intellectuals, paying homage to a life devoted to fostering international relations and peace

The commemoration began with an opening statement by H.E. Hami Aksoy, the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye, setting a reflective tone for the proceedings. The gathering featured a roster of esteemed speakers, each bringing a unique perspective on Balkar’s contributions and the indelible mark he left on Turkish diplomacy. Among them was H.E. Tanju Bilgiç, the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye to the Russian Federation, who not only shared insights from his tenure in Belgrade but also from his work as the author of “Hariciyenin Yıldızı Şehit Büyükelçi Galip Balkar,” a book chronicling the late ambassador’s life and service.

Adding to the diversity of viewpoints was Mr. Dragoljub Kojčić, a celebrated Serbian political philosopher, publicist, and editor, who elucidated on Balkar’s influence beyond the Turkish diplomatic circles, touching upon his impact on international relations and cross-cultural understanding.

The venue, carefully chosen for its significance and ambiance, facilitated an engaging conference, followed by a reception allowing further reflection and conversation among the attendees. An exhibition dedicated to Ambassador Galip Balkar’s life and career was also available, providing guests with a deeper understanding of his journey, challenges, and achievements.

The event not only commemorated the life of a remarkable individual but also served as a reminder of the profound effects of diplomacy on international relations and peace. Ambassador Galip Balkar’s legacy, as celebrated in this gathering, continues to inspire, and guide future generations of diplomats and peacekeepers.

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