Yaşar Yakış

Chair; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
European Union Harmonization Committee, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara

Born in Akçakoca (Turkey) in 1938. His parents were illiterate. He completed his primary education in his home town. He passed an examination to be admitted to the State free boarding school program and completed his secondary education in Bilecik and his high school education in Kütahya. He completed his university studies in the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University. To pay his university expenditures, he worked in the Trade Unions’ Confederation of Turkey (Türk-İş) as a translator, in an international hotel as a night receptionist and in the construction site of a French company as an interpreter in the Black Sea town of Pazar (Rize). In 1960,  he was invited to France for a summer vacation program (stage de connaissance de la France) in his capacity as the most successful course member in the Sorbonne certificate program for the French language and civilisation organized by the French Cultural Centre in Ankara. He is graduated from the university in June 1962 and joined the diplomatic service after passing the admission examination of the Foreign Ministry. He served in the military service between 1963 and 1965 in the easternmost border stations of Ibiş (Arpaçay) and Doğukapı at the Soviet border. He was posted as Vice-Consul in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1967.  In the examination held in 1968 to be promoted First Secretary, he was the most successful candidate. In 1970, he became First Secretary of the Turkish Embassy in Lagos (Nigeria). He followed courses in the NATO Defence College in Rome (Course 45) and served as Counsellor of the Turkish Permanent Delegation to NATO (Brussels) and at the Turkish Embassy in Damascus (Syria). He established the COMCEC Coordination Office in the Turkish State Planning Office to provide secretarial services to the Turkish President of Republic in his capacity as the Chairman of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and became the first Head of this Office. In 1988 he became Turkish Ambassador to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and in 1992 Deputy Under-Secretary in the Turkish h Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of economic affairs. He became Turkish Ambassador to Cairo in 1995 and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office in Vienna in 1998. In 2000 and 2001 he taught “Turkish Foreign Policy” in Bilkent and Hacettepe Universities and “Water Diplomacy” in Hacettepe University. Retired in 2001 and became founding member of the Justice and Development Party. From the date of the establishment of the party to the general elections of 3 November 2002 he served as Deputy Chairman of the Party in charge of international relations. He was elected Member of Parliament in 2002 and became Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2003). He participated as government representative in the European Convention that drafted the European Constitution. He served between 2003 and 2011 as the Chairman of the EU Committee in the Turkish Parliament and co-Chairman of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission and between 2007 and 2011 as the Chairman of the French caucus in the Turkish Parliament.


Yaşar Yakış is participating in:

14:00 - 15:30

Studio L+S, Bratislava

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10:15 - 11:45

Grand Hotel River Park