Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Turkiye
The Republic of Turkiye recognized the independence of the Republic of Tajikistan on January 29, 1992 as one of the first countries and established diplomatic relations with our country. The Embassy of the Republic of Turkiye in Dushanbe was opened in 1992 and in 1995 the Embassy of the Republic of Tajikistan was opened in Ankara.
At present, Mr. Ashrafjon Gulov (07.05.2021) is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Republic of Turkiye and Mr. Umut Ajar (01.02.2023) is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkiye to the Republic of Tajikistan.
In 1995, the President of the Republic of Turkiye Suleyman Demirel visited Tajikistan and met with the top leadership of Tajikistan with the aim of expanding cooperation and laying the foundation for future relations. This visit in the difficult situation for the Republic of Tajikistan at that time was a sign that the parties have a strong desire to expand cooperation.
In 1996, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon paid a return visit to the Republic of Turkiye, which was the next step in the development of mutually beneficial cooperation after the establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies.
The Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon met with President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 28, 2021 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in the framework of the ECO Summit. A wide range of issues of cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkiye, the situation in the world and the region have been considered at the meeting.
In 2022, the foreign trade turnover of the Republic of Tajikistan with the Republic of Turkiye was amount to 351.2 mln. USD.
In general, in 2007-2022, more than 242 mln. USD (2% of the total inflow of foreign capital) Turkish capital, including 132.5 mln. USD (2.2% of the total inflow of foreign direct investment) attracted to Tajikistan’s economy. According to these indicators, Turkiye ranked 14th and 9th among foreign countries in Tajikistan.
The Tajik-Turkish Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation plays an important role in the development of economic cooperation between the two countries, and to date 11 meetings of the Commission have been held in Dushanbe and Ankara.
The supreme example of economic cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkiye is the establishment of a Joint venture for packaging and production of buses "Akia Avesto Electronics Industry", which started its activity in the city of Dushanbe with the participation of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. The company produces passenger buses based on international standards, which are currently widely used on domestic routes. At the same time, the opening and good operation of the Coca-Cola Water Supply Enterprise is also considered to be the result of cooperation between Tajikistan and Turkiye, and today these plants make a significant contribution to the development of production and industry.
In 2018, in the Sughd region of the Republic of Tajikistan launched the production enterprise "Archa Mebel", which was also built in the framework of effective cooperation between Tajik and Turkish entrepreneurs at a cost of 9 million Somoni with modern technology. The company is engaged in the production of various types of furniture for homes, workshops, kindergartens, educational institutions and other purposes.
Cultural cooperation between the two countries has deep roots in history. Tajikistan and Turkiye have a common cultural heritage, which is closely linked with the name of the great thinker and world personality Mavlono Jaloliddin Balkhi. On this basis, by the initiative of both sides, an international scientific symposium entitled "Mavlono - the link between peoples and civilizations" dedicated to the birthday of this outstanding thinker was held in Dushanbe on October 19-20, 2018.
In general, relations between Tajikistan and Turkey are well established and are expanding every year.