Ankara, 5 October 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye and Director for EU Affairs, Faruk Kaymakcı, met Ambassador Witold Sobkow, director of EU-Türkiye-Poland ties, on Wednesday.
In the meeting, Faruk Kaymakcı, The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and Director for EU Affairs, pledged to continue enhancing Türkiye-Poland relations in all fields at regional and global levels.
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The Ottoman Empire and the Polish monarchy first established formal diplomatic ties in the fifteenth century. Ever since that, the relations have been through many crossroads.
Poland was the first nation in Europe to ratify a treaty of friendship with the Republic of Türkiye.
The countries enjoy good bilateral relations that are based on mutual interest and cooperation. The countries enjoy great similarities in their cultural history and diplomacy.
The defining moment for the countries ever enhanced relations was their support for each other during their respective membership process in the European Union.
The countries do not share a border but are interconnected through Institutions like NATO, OECD, OSCE, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, and the World Trade Organization.
In 2018, the value of bilateral commerce between the two countries was $6.45 billion, giving an impetus for stronger Türkiye -Poland relations.
According to the reports by the officials of the countries, the countries have a trading volume of about $6 billion.
The number of Turkish citizens living in Poland is close to 10 thousand, with the students studying either full-time or under the Erasmus+ program combined.
Over 646 thousand Polish tourists visited Türkiye in 2018, an increase of 118 % compared to the previous year.
Poland and Türkiye co-hosted the 2019 Women’s European Volleyball Championship. In April 2021, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, described his country’s relations with Poland as a “strategic partnership”, noting warm historic ties and military cooperation.