Sedat Önal has been Deputy Minister of the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry. He began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989 and since then has assumed various posts both within the Ministry and in the Turkish diplomatic missions abroad. He has served as Third Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Kuwait, as Vice Consul at the Turkish Consulate General in Münster and at the Turkish Consulate General in New York and as Counsellor at the Turkish Embassy in Tehran. Ambassador Önal served as Consul General in Vienna between 2007-2009 and Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan between 2012-2016. He served as Deputy Director General at the Middle East Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey between 2009 and 2012, and as the Deputy Undersecretary for the Middle East and Africa since 2016.