Turkey - Maldives Political Relations

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Maldives were established in 1979. The Turkish Embassy in New Delhi is accredited to the Maldives and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office in Geneva is accredited to Turkey.

Turkey and the Maldives are two friendly states in close cooperation at several international platforms, the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in particular.

President Erdoğan’s visit to the Maldives during his term in office as Prime Minister on 9 February 2005 in the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami disaster in South East Asia on 26 December 2004 was the first official visit from Turkey to the Maldives since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Foreign Minister of the Maldives H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid’s visit to Turkey on 15-21 April 2008 was the first official visit from the Maldives to Turkey.

The then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives H.E. Dr. Mohamed Asim, paid an official visit to Turkey on 28-29 August 2018. Later, Minister Asim visited Turkey on the occasion of Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Jerusalem hosted by Turkey on 18 May 2018 and he represented the President of the Maldives at the Inaugural Ceremony of H.E. President Erdoğan on 9 July 2018. Minister Asim also met with our Minister of Foreign Affairs during the said visits.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kıran represented H.E. President Erdoğan at the Inaugural Ceremony of the President of the Maldives H.E. Mohamed Solih on 17 November 2018.