Relations between Turkey and the Czech Republic

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations with Czechoslovakia in 1924, Turkish-Czech relations have always been friendly with the exception of the cessation of diplomatic relations from 1939 to 1945, during German occupation of Czechoslovakia followed by the stagnant period during the Cold War era. As the policies implemented under the imperatives of the Cold War withered away, there has been a steady improvement in bilateral relations since 1989, when Czechoslovakia accomplished its democratic transition. The Czech Republic, which was established on 1 January 1993 after Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, was recognized by Turkey on the same day.

Turkey and the Czech Republic enjoy friendly relations. The Czech Republic supports Turkey’s EU accession process.

In 2017, bilateral trade between Turkey and the Czech Republic amounted to 3,73 billion USD where Turkey’s exports totaled at 908 million USD and its imports accounted for 2,82 billion USD. The target for the bilateral trade volume was set as 5 billion USD in 2013, during the visit of President Erdoğan to the Czech Republic, in his capacity of Prime Minister.

Last bilateral visit between Foreign Ministers was on 13 December 2016, when the then Czech Minister Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek paid a visit to Ankara.

Energy, plays the role of a locomotive in our bilateral investment relations. Czech companies are primarily interested in the energy sector; hence Czech investments in Turkey are predominantly focused on this area.

Turkey’s total amount of direct investments in Czech Republic reached 18 million Dollars in the period of 2002- 2017, whereas the Czech direct investments in Turkey during the same period was 623 million Dollars.

Over 125 thousand Czech tourists visited Turkey in 2017.