Relations between Turkey and Tunisia

Turkey and Tunisia enjoy brotherly and friendly ties based on common history and culture. The presence of Ottoman Empire in Tunisia more than 300 years is the main source for the abovementioned close ties. One of the most emphasized historical events in Tunisian historical sources is that Tunisian soldiers who survived during the Crimean War (out of 14.000 that came from Tunisia in order to support Ottoman troops between 1854-1856) were settled in Tunuslar Village, Kastamonu.

The diplomatic relations between Turkey and Tunisia were established in 1956 just after Tunisia gained its independence.

The Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 15 September 2011 constitutes the basis of reciprocal high-level visits and political consultations being held between the two countries on a regular basis.

Turkey has always supported successive Tunisian governments after the Jasmine revolution, which took place in 2011 and provided Tunisia with technical and financial assistance.

In 25 December 2012, a joint declaration on the establishment High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) between Turkey and Tunisia was signed in Ankara by Prime Ministers of both countries. With this political declaration, the two countries laid the legal foundation for a closer bilateral cooperation mechanism and agreed to cooperate in the fields of politics, security, military, economy, science, technology, economy and trade.

First meeting of the HLSCC was held on 6 June 2013 in Tunisia and a total of 21 agreements and action plans in various areas of cooperation, as well as 24 sister city protocols were signed. The second meeting of HLSCC is foreseen to be held in Turkey in the second half of 2018.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a state visit to Tunisia on 26-27 December 2017.

Lastly, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs paid an official state visit to Tunisia between 23-24 December 2018 upon the invitation of Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs.