Ambassador to Turkey

  • Media release
06 October 2021

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Miles Armitage as Australia’s next Ambassador to Turkey. Mr Armitage will also be accredited to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Our relationship with Turkey covers a broad range of areas including ANZAC Day commemorations, cooperation on security and participation in the G20 and MIKTA Forums.

Our economic relationship with Turkey continues to strengthen, with two-way trade valued at almost $2 billion in 2019-20.

Australia and Turkey also enjoy close people-to-people links, with around 73,000 Australians claiming Turkish ancestry.

We enjoy positive bilateral relations with both Georgia and Azerbaijan. We cooperate on international security with Georgia and are supportive of its sovereignty in the face of significant challenges.

Mr Armitage is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was recently Australia’s Ambassador to Jordan. He has previously served overseas as Australia’s Ambassador to Timor-Leste. Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Philippines as well as postings in New York and Islamabad. He also served as Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism

Mr Armitage holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours); Diploma of Museum Studies, from the University of Sydney; and a Diploma of Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.

I thank former Ambassador Marc Innes-Brown for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Turkey since 2017.

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