On October 1, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. accredited H.E. Hasan Murat
Mercan as the third non-resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Palau during a presentation of credentials ceremony held at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud, Melekeok.
President Remengesau congratulated Ambassador Mercan of his new Ambassadorial role and further expressed appreciation of his participation in the celebration of Palau’s 24th Independence Day.
Ambassador Mercan expressed commitment to work closely with President Remengesau and the Government of Palau on areas of mutual importance during the course of his tenure. Ambassador Mercan holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Florida and served on various political positions, including as Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs in the Turkish Grand National Assembly during the 23rd term of the Parliament.
The ceremony was witnessed by Paramount Chief Ibedul Yutaka M. Gibbons, Paramount
Chief Reklai Raphael B. Ngirmang, Dirrauudes Magdalena Rudimch Ngirmang,
Associate Justice Oldiais Ngiraikelau, Senator Aric Nakamura, Delegate Mario Gulibert, Minister Elbuchel Sadang, Minister Umiich Sengebau, Minister Faustina RehuherMarugg, Minister Charles Obichang, and Minister Sinton Solablai. (PR)