Relations between Turkey and Mauritania

Turkey and Mauritania share common historical and cultural bonds. Founding president of Mauritania, Mokhtar Ould Daddah, carried out an official visit to Turkey in 1974. A visit at Foreign Ministerial level was paid to Mauritania from Turkey on 8-9 March 2008. Afterwards, the official visit of former President H.E. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in 2010 in Turkey and the reciprocal opening of embassies gave an impetus to bilateral relations.

Since the opening of Turkish Embassy in Nouakchott on April 2011, one visit on presidential level and two visits of ministerial level have been carried out. President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid an official visit to Mauritania on 28 February 2018 and held bilateral meetings with his counterpart, former President H.E. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania. This was the first ever visit at the level of President from Turkey to Mauritania and helped to improve the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Our investors are particularly interested in fishery sector of Mauritania given its rich fish reserves and advantages presented to foreign investors. Turkish investors’ interest in other segments of Mauritanian economy is increasing as well.

Starting with a figure of 22 million Dollars in 2008, bilateral trade volume has been increased to 115 million Dollars in 2012. It has reached to 245 million Dollars in 2019.

Turkish Airlines has 5 flights to Nouakchott.

Through Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Turkey is providing development assistance to Mauritania in various domains.

Turkish Maarif Foundation is currently running schools in Mauritania.

Since 1992 Turkey grants scholarships to students from Mauritania.