Relations between Turkey and Colombia

Relations between Turkey and Colombia are developing in every field. Turkey established an Embassy in Bogota in 2010. Colombia opened its Embassy in Ankara in 2011.

The visit of the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos to Turkey in 2011 and the visit of President Erdoğan in February 2015 to Colombia have been important milestones in bilateral relations. During the visit of President Erdoğan, important agreements, including Cooperation Agreements in the fields of Defense Industry, Tourism and Agriculture, were signed.

Colombia became Turkeys’ second biggest trade partner in Latin America in 2015 with a trade volume of 1.1 billion USD.

The Joint Economic Commission was established as an instrument of the Trade Cooperation Agreement signed in 2006. The first meeting of the Commission was held in Bogota.

A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is currently being negotiated between the two countries. Pro-Colombia, the trade promotion agency of Colombia, has an office in Istanbul.

South-South cooperation is an important item in the bilateral relations. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has decided to open its second regional office in Bogota, following the one previously opened in Mexico City.

Two Turkish scholars are currently giving lectures on Turkish history and culture at the Universidad Nacional, which has also signed an Academic Cooperation Protocol with the University of Ankara.

Turkish Airlines will start flights on İstanbul-Bogota-Panama-İstanbul route in May 2016.