Relations between Turkey and Croatia

Aware of the important role Croatia could play in the preservation of peace and stability in the region, Turkey was among the first countries to recognize Croatia’s independence and since then Turkey has established close relations in every field with this country.

Turkey has strongly supported Croatia’s efforts in integration with Euro-Atlantic organizations.

High level visits and contacts between the two countries, which have gained impetus since the signing of the Strategy Document between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries in 2009, contribute to the further development of bilateral relations.

There also exists valuable cooperation between the two countries regarding regional issues in the framework of Turkey-Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina Trilateral Consultation Mechanism and the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP).

Even though bilateral political relations have gained considerable boost in recent years, economic and trade relations between the two countries are still far from reflecting the existing potential. Bilateral trade, which experienced a decline in the years immediately following the 2008 Financial Crisis, has shown signs of recovery and reached 387 million US Dollars in 2015.

Meanwhile in 2012, Turkish businessmen were named among the top three foreign investors in Croatia. As of 2015, 60 Turkish companies are operating in Croatia with approximately 430 million US Dollars worth of investment, mainly in tourism, hotel and marina management.

The two countries also continue their joint efforts to bring to light the cultural and historical links.

TİKA has been active in Croatia with its technical aid projects ranging from supporting Gunja region affected by flood in 2014 to uncovering the historical bridge built in Osijek city during the Ottoman era.