Erdoğan’s chief press advisor appointed ambassador to the Vatican

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This handout photo taken and released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service on February 5, 2018 at the Vatican shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2-L) meeting with Pope Francis (R) during an official visit to the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/KAYHAN OZER" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief press advisor, Lütfullah Göktaş, has been appointed as Turkey’s new ambassador to the Vatican, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Göktaş served as chief press advisor to Erdoğan for eight years. Before that, he had worked as Turkish TV station NTV’s Italy representative, between 1998 and 2011, and then was the Italy correspondent of the Anadolu news agency between 2004 and 2011.

It is very common for Erdoğan to appoint individuals in his close circle as ambassadors.

Recently, Şaban Dişli, one of the co-founders of Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who served as a party deputy for several terms, was appointed as Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands.

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