Cool winds between Davutoğlu and Bağış
Friday, October 9, 2009
One has to say that after the nightmare endured during the term of Ali Babacan, the new foreign minister’s gestures are particularly appreciated by the staff of the Foreign Ministry.
Ahmet Davutoğlu shocked the ministry staff when he went to the cafeteria on the 12th floor and lined up in the queue to have his noon meal specifically with young diplomats. The duty officers were pleasantly surprised when he visited them in their office to have tea with them.
We are used to those kinds of gestures from the United States. It is rather difficult to see the Turkish President or Prime Minister eat soup in a small shop, whereas we are used to seeing U.S. presidents buying a hamburger from McDonald’s or making a barbecue with his own hands to serve it to White House staff. It is a matter of debate to what degree these are genuine moves or tactical ones to win the public’s “hearts and minds.”
An academician by profession, Davutoğlu showed that he is a good tactician too from the very first day he took the wheel of the Foreign Ministry. He first solved the appointment crisis that had demoralized the ministry personnel. He does know quite well that if his team is happy, he will get the best performance from them.
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