Relations between Turkey and El Salvador

Relations between Turkey and El Salvador that have been friendly but stagnant due to geographical distance and differences of foreign policy priorities have gained a fresh momentum with Turkey’s opening policy towards the Latin American and Caribeean region that was put into effect in 1998 and revised in 2006.

The Embassy of Turkey in Guatemala is accredited to El Salvador and Turkey has an Honorary Consul in San Salvador. El Salvador’s Embassy in Berlin is accredited to Turkey and El Salvador has an Honorary Consulate in Istanbul. Turkey and El Salvador have agreed on reciprocal opening of Embassies in a near future.

Turkey’s extra-regional observer membership to the Central American Integration System (SICA), whose General Secretariat is located in the capital city of San Salvador, El Salvador, since February 2015 has contributed to the development of bilateral relations between Turkey and El Salvador.

In recent years, common will to further enhance bilateral relations and cooperation within international fora has been underlined on several occasions. H.E. Hugo Martinez, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, participated in the Second Turkey-SICA Political Forum held in Istanbul on 20 April 2017 and contributed to the organization of the Fourth Ministerial Forum between Turkey and CELAC Quartet on 21 April 2017.

The visit of H.E. Alexandra Hill, Foreign Minister of El Salvador, on 20 August 2019, was the first bilateral visit at the Ministerial level between the two countries.

Trade volume between the two countries reached to 17,1 million USD (Turkey’s exports: 14,8, Turkey’s imports: 2,3 million USD) in 2019.