Relations between Turkey and Kazakhstan

Turkey was the first country to recognize the independence of Kazakhstan on 16 December 1991 and diplomatic relations were established on 2 March 1992. The Turkish Embassy in Almaty was opened in March 1992 and then moved to Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is one of Turkey’s most important political and economic partners in Central Asia. A Strategic Partnership treaty was signed during the visit of President Nazarbayev to Turkey, in October 2009.

The frequency of high-level bilateral visits reflects the level of excellent relations between Turkey and Kazakhstan and provides us a valuable opportunity to exchange views on bilateral, regional and international issues. Prime Minister Erdoğan’s visit to Kazakhstan on 22-24 May 2012 was very fruitful and helped to expand the areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Kazakh President Nazarbayev paid an official visit to Turkey on 11-12 October 2012. The first meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), conducted during the visit, is considered as a cornerstone in our strategic partnership. Minister of Foreign Affairs Davutoğlu paid an official visit to Kazakhstan on 26-27 April 2013. During this visit, the Joint Strategic Planning Group meeting was also held within the framework of preparation to the second meeting of HLSCC.

Kazakhstan has made genuine contributions to the process of the Summits of the Heads of States of Turkic Speaking Countries. Together with Turkey, Kazakhstan has played an important role in the foundation of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries (Turkic Council) and the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries.

The trade volume between the two countries amounted to 3,1 billion USD in 2012. Moreover, projects of Turkish firms in Kazakhstan exceeded 17 billion USD.

The two brotherly countries also show significant cooperation in international organizations such as the OSCE, CICA, the Turkic Council and the Islamic Cooperation Organization. Especially, our cooperation within CICA is undoubtedly exemplary.