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Erdoğan appoints spokesperson Kalın as Turkey’s spy chief

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed his spokesperson, İbrahim Kalın, as the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) on Monday, Reuters reported, citing Erdoğan’s communications office.

Hakan Fidan, who had been Turkey’s intelligence chief since 2010, was appointed foreign minister on Saturday.

Kalın is a long-term confidant of Erdoğan and has served as the spokesperson for the presidency and been a foreign policy adviser for the president since 2014.

Kalın holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University in Islamic studies and was one of the founders of SETA, a pro-government think tank based in Ankara.

Kalın has taken the lead on several diplomatic efforts in recent years, shaping Turkey’s foreign policy agenda.

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