After celebrating the 600th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2014, Turkey and Poland support each other, as members of NATO and the European Union (Turkey is still a candidate), and aim to reach 10 billion trade dollars.
The peace treaty signed between the two countries in 1533 was the first peace treaty between a Christian country and a Muslim country.
While Turkey was among the supporters of Poland’s NATO membership in 1999, Poland is expressing support for Turkey’s EU membership on all platforms.
In addition, Turkey was among the countries that supported Poland, which was elected a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council for the 6th time in 2018-2019.
Relationships evolved into a strategic partnership in 2009
As the two countries worked cooperatively in numerous bilateral and trilateral platforms, bilateral relations evolved to the level of strategic partnership in 2009 when Erdogan, then Prime Minister, visited Poland.
Various events took place between the two countries in 2014, on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Turkey-Poland relations, which is considered to be one of the longest diplomatic relations in Europe and in the world.
Erdogan visited Poland again in 2017, this time as president, where 5 agreements were signed in different areas such as education and social security.
Turkish students mostly prefer Poland
In addition to the agreements concluded in particular in the field of education, the two countries also participate in the EU Erasmus project. Under the Erasmus program, Poland is the first country chosen by Turkish students.
Armed combat drones
While trade between Poland and Turkey exceeds $ 6 billion in 2019, the two countries are aiming for a trade target of $ 10 billion.
Turkey is also an important tourist destination for Polish tourists.
The number of Polish tourists visiting Turkey increased by 36% in 2019 compared to the previous year, reaching over 880,000.
In addition, defense industry products have recently been added to trade between the two countries.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has announced that his country will acquire 24 Turkish-made armed combat drones.
With that, Turkey will supply drones for the first time to a member of NATO and the EU
Source Anadolu Agency