Relations between Turkey and Malaysia

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Malaysia were established in 1964. Both countries enjoy a broad-based and close partnership.

On 10 January 2014, the then Prime Minister H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak declared the elevation of Turkey-Malaysia relationship to the level of Strategic Partnership, which is the result of the progress achieved since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, as well as the depth of political, economic, and cultural ties.

Being members to the UN, the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and the D-8, Turkey and Malaysia share a common perspective on a broad range of regional and global issues.

The Free Trade Agreement between Turkey and Malaysia, which was signed during the then- Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to Turkey in April 2014, came into force on 1 August 2015 and constitutes the first ever FTA that Turkey concluded with an ASEAN member.

Some 300 Malaysian citizens currently reside in Turkey. The current number of Turkish citizens residing in Malaysia is around 600. Under Türkiye Scholarships, hitherto 199 Malaysian students have been awarded higher education scholarships in Turkish universities. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Turkey has provided 25 scholarships to Malaysian students.