Turkey’s decision to establish institutional ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dates back to 1999. Turkey became a signatory of the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) on 23 July 2010 and thus, the foundation of sectoral cooperation was laid down. Turkish Ambassador in Jakarta was accredited to ASEAN the same year.
Turkey has been invited to ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meetings as the guest of ASEAN Chairs since 2013. Lastly, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, participated in the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Malaysia in August 2015.
Turkey’s bilateral ties with ASEAN countries are also developing. Turkey’s trade volume with ASEAN countries surpassed 8,5 billion USD in 2014. The increase in trade between Turkey and ASEAN as a whole has been four fold in the last 10 years. Since 2008, Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) has been very active in providing development assistance through various projects in the region which cost nearly 6,3 million USD. Turkey has opened Embassies in Nay Pyi Taw, Phnom Penh and Bandar Seri Begawan in recent years. The process of opening an Embassy in Vientiane is underway.
Turkey, while maintaining her ultimate objective of being a Dialogue Partner, is currently aiming at forging a Sectoral Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN.