Turkish Embassy in Tirana

Embassy History and Previous Ambassadors

Diplomatic relations between Albania and Turkey were established with the Friendship Agreement signed in 1923.

The first Turkish diplomatic mission was opened as a Consulate in the city of Vlora in 1925, which was replaced by the Embassy in Tirana inaugurated in 1926.

After the Italian occupation of Albania in 1939, the Embassy was closed and a Consulate General was set up. Upon the request of the communist regime which assumed power in 1945, the Consulate General was also closed and the bilateral relations were suspended. In the following period, upon the demand of the Albanian side, Turkey opened a Legation in 1958 and the bilateral relationships were upgraded to Ambassadorial level in 1966.

Offices of the Military Attaché and of the Commercial Counselor were set up respectively in 1992 and 2007.

The Embassy’s original building on the Durres Street was handed over to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1950s. During the period 1959-2006, the Embassy was located in the Kavaja Street and  in October, 2006 moved to its current location.

 
Tahir Lütfi Togay
01.01.1926-01.01.1929
Ahmet Rüstü Demirel
01.01.1929-01.01.1931
Zeki Hakkı Karabuda
01.01.1931-01.01.1932
Basri Raşid Danişmend
01.01.1932-01.01.1934
Ruşen Eşref Ünaydın
01.01.1934-08.12.2011
Yakub Kadri Karaosmanoğlu
01.01.1934-01.01.1936
Ali Türkgeldi
01.01.1937-01.01.1938
Hulusi Fuat Togay
01.01.1938-01.01.1939
Muzaffer Kamil Bayur
01.01.1939-01.01.1945
Hasan Nurelgin
01.01.1959-01.01.1961
Mustafa Kenanoğlu
01.01.1963-01.01.1967
Cihat Rüştü Veyselli
01.01.1967-01.01.1968
Bülent Kestelli
01.01.1968-01.01.1970
Ercüment Tatarağası
01.01.1971-01.01.1978
Metin Karaca
01.01.1979-01.01.1983
Selçuk Toker
01.01.1983-01.01.1985
Bilal N. Şimşir
01.01.1985-01.01.1987
Teoman Sürenkök
01.01.1987-01.01.1991
A. Metin Örnekol
01.01.1991-01.01.1996
Ahmet Rıfat Ökçün
01.01.1996-01.01.2000
Murat Oğuz
01.01.2000-01.01.2004
Süphan Erkula
01.01.2004-17.08.2009
Hasan Sevilir Aşan
24.08.2009-31.10.2013
Hidayet Bayraktar
14.11.2013-