Relations between Turkey and Benin

Relations between Turkey and Benin are developing on a sound basis. During the two visits made by President Talon to Turkey in 2016 and 2018, delegations led by President Erdoğan and President Talon discussed in detail ways of furthering cooperation between the two countries. The visit of President Talon to Turkey in 2016 was a strong support to Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup of July 2016.

Turkey and Benin’s willingness to develop relations can also be seen by the opening of Embassies in both countries. The Beninese Embassy in Ankara opened in 2013, whereas the Turkish Embassy opened in Cotonou in 2014.

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) has finalized many projects in Benin, mainly in the agricultural sector. TİKA has also completed the building and full equipment of a health center in the region of Adjohoun. It was handed over to the Beninese Health Ministry in 2018.

Bilateral trade is expanding with a volume of 142 million Dollars in 2019.

Turkey is providing scholarships to students from Benin as part of the Turkey Scholarships program.

Turkish Airlines flights between Istanbul and Cotonou started in 2014.