The British Ambassador to Turkey, David Reddaway, announced yesterday that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the award of honorary Membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to Mr Dogan Tugay, who has served as the Honorary British Consul in Marmaris for the past 20 years.
This award is in recognition of Mr Dogan Tugay’s services to the British community in Marmaris and of his tireless efforts to promote UK-Turkish relations over many years.
Mr Dogan Tugay also played an important role in helping with the evacuation of British nationals trapped in Libya.
Working closely with the Turkish government and the local authorities in Marmaris – without whose help many UK nationals could have been stranded in Libya – Mr Dogan Tugay helped to ensure that a large number of British nationals left Libya safely and were reunited with their families.
The British Ambassador said,
‘I am delighted that Dogan’s long and exceptional service to British citizens, and his contribution to UK-Turkish relations have been recognised in this way. I am looking forward to presenting the award on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in Marmaris later this year’.
Mr Dogan Tugay said,
“I would first of all like to thank Her Majesty the Queen for bestowing this great honour on me. Also, my thanks go to the Turkish Government who played a vital role in the Lybian evacuation efforts, not only aiding Turkish citizens, but British and other Nationals. The personal efforts of Prof. Dr. Recep Akdağ, Minister of the Health Department. Transport & Communications Minister, Binali Yıldırım; the Muğla Governer, Fatih Şahin, whose team worked tirelessly and efficiently to make everything achievable. I was very happy to contribute to this humanitarian rescue. We should continue our efforts for peace in the region and the world, through working together. Humanitarian needs transcend race, politics, ethnic and religeous beliefs, we should do our utmost to gain a better tolerance and understanding of one another.”
Citizens of countries of which the Queen is not the Head of State receive ‘honorary’ awards, as in this case.
It rewards an achievement or service in or to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered a sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others.