Relations between Turkey and the Gambia

Turkey and The Gambia have set up diplomatic relations as of the date of Gambia’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.

Bilateral relations between Turkey and The Gambia, which were initially advanced through exclusively in military domain as well as at the international fora such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have become more comprehensive and multifaceted after the opening of both countries’ Embassies in Banjul and Ankara in 2011.

As such, bilateral high level visits have substantially increased. In this context, upon the invitation of then-President H.E. Abdullah Gül, former Gambian President H.E. Yahya Jammeh paid a state visit to Turkey on 10-11 February 2014. After this visit, he also attended the OIC 13th Summit in İstanbul, which was hosted by Turkey on 14-15 April 2016.

Lastly, upon the invitation of the President of the Turkish Republic, H.E. Recep Tayip Erdoğan, Gambian President H.E. Adama Barrow paid an official visit to Turkey on 11-15 February 2018. During this visit, a large delegation consisting of Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment and Habib Saihou Drammeh, Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service of the Republic of The Gambia, as well as the high-level bureaucrats of various government institutions accompanied President Barrow.

On the basis of friendly and fraternal relations existing between Turkey and The Gambia, many bilateral Agreements, Protocols and Memorandums of Understanding have already been signed.

However, due to The Gambia’s low overall trade volume as well as lack of interest from Turkish businessmen and investors, economic relations between Turkey and The Gambia could not be elevated to a significant level. Poor infrastructure transportation problems (absence of direct passenger, cargo and transport flights from Turkey) and low-income levels of the population are among the factors which play negative role over the increase of the trade volume with The Gambia.

On the other hand, commercial and economic issues between two countries are taken up within the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) mechanism. In this framework, first meeting of the Turkey-The Gambia JEC meeting was held on 23-25 May 2014 in Banjul.

Second meeting of the Turkey-The Gambia JEC meeting is planned to be arranged within the year 2018 in Ankara.

Through Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Turkey is providing development assistance to The Gambia in various domains. For further detail, please visit