Relations between Turkey and Djibouti

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Djibouti were established in 1977. Since then Turkey-Djibouti relations have been steadily developing in political, economic and commercial fields.

Embassies were opened reciprocally in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

High-level visits have contributed to the enhancement of bilateral relations in multiple areas.
H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey paid an official visit to Djibouti on 23- 25 January 2015. On the other hand, H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti visited Turkey on 19-20 December 2017.

Turkey’s exports to Djibouti have reached 77,95 million USD and her imports from Djibouti amounted to 114 thousand USD in 2016. The total volume of bilateral trade between the two countries reached approximately 91,8 million USD in the first 11 months of 2017.

Main items exported from Turkey to Djibouti were iron and steel, cereal products, non-tariff foodstuff, metals, electrical machines and equipment. Main imported items were leather, welt, raw post, painting materials and metal products.

Turkish construction companies are active in Djibouti. The total value of the projects that have been undertaken by these companies has reached to almost 130 million US Dollars.

Turkish Airlines has direct flights to Djibouti on a daily basis, contributing to bilateral economic and commercial ties.

Turkey and Djibouti agreed to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Djibouti in 2014. Work regarding the establishment of the said SEZ is ongoing.

Turkish Government, within the framework of Türkiye Scholarships, allocates undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students from Djibouti every year. During the 2017 – 2018 academic year 19 scholarships were accorded to Djibouti.