Meet & Greet at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara

Posted by Binnur Tekiner
March 7, 2009
U.S. Embassy in the Turkish Capital, Ankara

About the Author: Binnur Tekiner is from Turkey and servers as the Assistant to the Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s last stop this afternoon was the Ambassador’s Residence, where she met the Embassy community. I arrived early to cover the event, which took place in the reception lounge. We all crowded in, lining up later to meet the Secretary. This was a memorable moment for embassy employees and families who had the opportunity to meet the Secretary in person. And it’s a wonderful way to reward all the Embassy employees who have worked very hard for the last week to make this happen. The drivers, interpreters, computer technicians, American officers who arranged the meetings, and others; everyone has worked long hours to make this visit a success.

The Secretary expressed her appreciation for all the hard work that went into preparing for the visit. Employees, spouses and their children who wished to be photographed with the Secretary were impressed by her friendly, outgoing manner and her charisma. I also had the privilege of shaking hands with her for the second time, and even asking for her signature on a Public Affairs photo taken when she visited us as First Lady in 1999.

During her meeting, I thought that the Secretary was a true role model and wished her to be one for women in my country who believe that women must be respected as equals in a modern Turkey. International Women’s Day will be celebrated tomorrow in Turkey in many different ways. It’s a well-timed commemoration following Ms. Clinton’s visit.

8 Mart Dünya Kadınlar Günümüz Kutlu Olsun!



New York, USA
March 7, 2009

Patricia in New York writes:

It is reassuring to have a Secretary of State who is admired and respected around the world. The seeds of peace are now being sowed,

Kudos to everyone at Dipnote, it remains, by far the best site to visit when keeping current with world affairs.

New Jersey, USA
March 7, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Well, Binnur, you certainly are very lucky to have met Hillary twice. Yes, she certainly is charismatic, and it's so nice to hear how excited the embassy personnel were to meet her. Thank you for giving our lovely SoS such a warm reception, and thank you for posting this!

California, USA
March 9, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Dear Asst PAC Tekiner,

Thank you for reminding us of all the hard work by the State Team. I marvel at all that you all do! You are the face of the future in the world. I'm grateful for your work and enthusiasm.

Maryland, USA
March 9, 2009

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I think it was very nice of Foreign Minister ali Babacan, to invite Secretary Clinton to your great country. It's nice to hear our two coutrys are getting along so well. I heard that Minister Babacan and Hillary had some good idea's on improving the friendship between our countries. I read that he said we shared the same vision and common goals,and looked forward to "A New Relationship for a New Age". Through the establishment of the "Young Turkey/Young America Program."

Im' glade to here all your hard work turned out so well, and that she had a successful visit to your country. Thanks for Posting Binnur T.

Cya :)


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