Retired Ambassador Bilal Şimşir, known for his work on the history of the Republic of Turkey as well as his duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, passed away in Ankara at the age of 90.
In the statement made by the Turkish Historical Society, of which Ambassador Şimşir is an Honorary Member, “Our Honorary Member Bilal Şimşir, to whom we received the news of his death with sadness, was a valuable ambassador who guided young diplomats with his experiences, a productive writer and a valuable donor of our archive. God bless our Honorary Member Bilal Şimşir We extend our condolences to his family and our community.” expressions were used.
In the statement made by the Atatürk Research Center Presidency regarding Şimşir’s death, the following was noted:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our valuable writer, retired Ambassador Bilal N. Şimşir, who shed light on our recent history and the history of Turkish diplomacy with his works. We offer our condolences to his family and the academic community.”
– Şimşir, a master historian who serves the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
After graduating from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations in 1957, he worked as Professor in the Department of Diplomatic History at this faculty. Dr. Bilal Niyazi Şimşir, who worked as Ahmet Şükrü Esmer’s assistant, started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1960.
Şimşir, who served as chief secretary and undersecretary at the Turkish Embassies in Paris, Damascus, London and The Hague, served as branch manager, head of department, deputy general manager and general manager at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Şimşir, who represented Turkey as ambassador in Albania at the Tirana Embassy, Beijing Embassy, Australia and South Pacific countries, retired in 1998 after 38 years of service at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The life of Bilal Şimşir, who wrote 52 volumes of research books and approximately 160 articles on recent history, was published in the “Living History” documentary series by the Turkish Historical Society.
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