Relations between Turkey and Turkmenistan

Turkey is the first country which recognized Turkmenistan on 27 October 1991 following the dissolution of the USSR and to open its Embassy in Ashgabat on 29 February 1992. Turkey also supports Turkmenistan’s permanent neutral status.

Bound by a common history, language, religion and culture, the two countries enjoy balanced special relations based on mutual respect, cooperation and the principle of “One Nation, Two States”. The two countries are cooperating in the fields of foreign policy, trade, economy, culture and education.

In the last five years, the two Presidents have visited each other’s countries five times all in 2014 and 2015. 11th President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, made a visit to Turkmenistan on the occasion of the Equestrian Festival in June 2014. President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow paid an official visit to Ankara and attended the 4th. Summit meeting of the Turkic Council. Subsequently, President Berdimuhamedow participated in the presidential inauguration ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in August 2014.

President Erdoğan paid an official visit to Turkmenistan on 6-7 November 2014, in his first presidential visit in Central Asia. In 2015, President Berdimuhamedow visited Turkey to have official meetings and participate in the VI. Turkmenistan Investment Forum on March 3-4; to attend the Centennial Ceremonies of the Çanakkale Land Battles on April 24 and finally, to pay an official visit on August 7. President Erdoğan attended the international conference entitled "Policy of Neutrality: International Cooperation for Peace, Security and Development", which was held in Ashgabat on 12 December 2015 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutral status.

The two Presidents have lastly had a bilateral meeting during the 13th Summit Meeting of Economic Cooperation Organisation held in Islamabad on 1 March 2017.

Turkmenistan has become the leading country in the Central Asia for Turkish contracting companies. From the independence of Turkmenistan until today, Turkish contracting companies have accomplished more than 1.400 projects worth 50 billion USD. Textile is another field in which Turkish companies are quite active in Turkmenistan.