- Keçecizade Mehmet Fuat Pasha
Fuad Pasha (1815 – 1869) was a Turkish statesman known for his leadership during the
Crimean Warand in the Westernizationmovement within the Ottoman Empire.
He was the son of the distinguished poet
Kechji-zad Izzet Molla. He was educated at the medical school and was at first an army surgeon. Around 1836 he entered the civil serviceas an official of the foreign ministry.
He became the first secretary of the Turkish embassy in
Londonin 1840. During 1848 he was employed on special missions in the principalities and at St. Petersburg; and in 1851, he was sent to Egyptas a special commissioner. In that year he became minister for foreign affairs, a post to which he was reappointed on four subsequent occasions and which he held at the time of his death.
Crimean Warhe commanded the troops on the Greek frontier and distinguished himself by his bravery. He was the Turkish delegate at the Paris conference of 1856; was charged with a mission to Syriain 1860; grand vizier in 1860 and 1861; and minister of war. He accompanied the sultan Abd-ul-Azizon his journey to Egyptand Europe, when the freedom of the city of Londonwas conferred on him.
Generally regarded as the partisan of a pro-English policy, he rendered most valuable service to his country by his able management of the foreign relations of Turkey, not least by his efficacious settlement of affairs in
Syriaafter the massacres of 1860.
He retired due to ill-health to
Nice, France, where he died in 1869.
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