Well, the question in our headline today is the one Fethiye Times and KTLN put to Will Middleton, Joanne Pietsch and Mustafa Şıkman when we met them at the Ece Saray Hotel last Friday.

from left to right: Mustafa Şıkman; Joanne Pietsch; Will Middleton
from left to right: Mustafa Şıkman; Joanne Pietsch; Will Middleton       photo: Fethiye Times 2015

Who are they?

Of course, our questions related mainly to Fethiye and Turkey and most, if not all of you, will know that the office of the British Consulate is in Fethiye town centre.

Unfortunately for us, Ahmet Dördüncü was called away to an emergency, in his professional capacity as the British pro-consul for Fethiye.

But we were lucky to have Fethiye’s Honorary British Consul, Mustafa Şıkman; Joanne Pietsch, The Consular Country Manager for the Consulate General in Istanbul and the reason the meeting was held in the first place, Will Middleton, who was making a flying visit to Fethiye. Will is the Consular Regional Director for Southern Europe (which includes Turkey). He’s a busy man, working with 150 staff working in 37 Consulate offices in 17 countries – 15 of those staff are here in Turkey. Will himself is based in Madrid, Spain.

We should mention at this stage that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) takes an interest in a whole range of subjects with countries around the world: politics, security, trade and also the welfare of British nationals abroad – whether they are just travelling or more permanently settled abroad as expats.

Today we are sharing a link to the article written for Kalkan’s KTLN so click here for the full story.

Countries around the world
Countries around the world

What do they do exactly?

Over the years the question, ‘What has the British Consulate ever done for us?’ has been asked many times.

We have always presumed that this is become the person asking doesn’t understand the role of the British Consulate, in terms of what the pro-consul and other staff can do; the boundaries of their responsibility, where they have to draw the line culturally and legislatively, and where and how they can help or can’t help. But all this is now fully explained with the relevant links.

With this comprehensive article, hopefully this kind of question need never be asked again. Everything you ever needed to know about the role of the British Consulate is here in black and white.

Here is a link to the article written for Kalkan’s KTLN so click here for the full story.

 

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