Relations between Turkey and the Republic of Chile

Turkey maintains good relations with Chile in all areas. Establishment of the bilateral relations between Turkey and the Republic of Chile traces back to the Protocol of Consular Affairs signed in 1913, during the Ottoman Empire era. With the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed on January 30, 1926, Chile became the first Latin American country to recognize the new Turkish Republic.

Our first diplomatic mission in Santiago became operational in 1930, however it was closed the following year. Later on, it became operational in 1944 once again and was elevated to the level of Embassy in 1954. On the other hand, the first Embassy of Chile in Turkey opened in 1940 and the first Chilean Ambassador was appointed in 1957.

Bilateral political relations gained momentum in the mid 1990’s. The then President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Süleyman Demirel visited Chile on April 1995. This visit paved the way to high-level visits and meetings .

The then Chilean President H.E. Ricardo Lagos visited Turkey in 2004 and the then Chilean President H.E. Sebastian Pinera visited Turkey in 2012.

2016 marked the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Chile. Chilean Foreign Minister H.E. Heraldo Muñoz visited Turkey to address 8th Ambassadors Conference held on 12-14 January 2016. During this visit, an exhibition on the documents of the two countries from Foreign Ministries’ archives was opened.

H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey paid an official visit to Chile within the scope of his visits to the Latin America region from 31 January to 2 February 2016.

Chile is the only country in the Latin America and Caribbean region which Turkey has a Free Trade Agreement. The agreement which is signed on July 14, 2009 is in effect since March 1, 2011.

The trade volume between the two countries was approximately 579,3 million USD (Turkey’s exports: 343,8 million USD, Turkey’s imports: 235,5 million USD) by the end of 2019.