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Malta–Turkey relations

Maltese–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Malta and Turkey

Malta

Turkey

Maltese–Turkish relations are foreign relations between Malta and Turkey.

Historical background

Malta has a historical significance for the Turkish people as the place where Turgut Reis, a famous admiral of the Ottoman Navy, was killed during the Siege of Malta in 1565.[1] There is a Turkish Military Cemetery at Marsa, where during the last skirmish of the 1565 siege, the Ottoman Army lost many soldiers.[1]

Political relations

Malta is represented in Turkey through accreditation a Maltese Ambassador resident in Union for the Mediterranean. Also Malta is a European Union member since May 1, 2004 and Turkey is a candidate. These recent developments have helped to formalise diplomatic relations between the two countries.[1]

An Agreement of Mutual Promotion and Protection of Investments and a Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of the Political Consultative Mechanism between the two countries was signed in October 2003 in Antalya.[1]

Economic relations

The trade volume between Malta and Turkey reached $ 1.124 billion in 2008.[3] This figure shows an increase of a 35% when compared with the preceding year.[3]

The Turkish–Maltese Business Council, and organisations with similar aims, give priority to promoting commercial linkages. This Council was established on September 7, 2007.[3][4][5]

As of 2008, 24 Turkish firms are operating in Malta, and the total capital of these firms are $ 1,3 billion.[3]

The maritime sector is one of the co-operation areas between the two countries.[6] Because Malta has one of the major ship repair facilities in the Mediterranean, and Turkey is emerging as an important shipbuilding and fleet owning country.[6]

Air Malta and Turkish Airlines signed a codeshare agreement in 2008.[7]

An Agreement of Co-operation in Tourism between the two countries was signed on September 19, 1997.[3]

In 2008, more than 3,058 Maltese tourists visited Turkey.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Turkey´s Political Relations with Malta / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malta – Turkey
  3. ^ a b c d e f Türkiye–Malta Ticari ve Ekonomik İlişkileri / T.C. Dışişleri Bakanlığı (Turkish)
  4. ^ EkoTurk News Agency (10 September 2007). "Business council aims to boost Malta-Turkey trade links".  
  5. ^ MaltaMedia News (September 7, 2007). "Turkish-Maltese Business Council set up".  
  6. ^ a b Turkey´s Commercial and Economic Relations with Malta / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  7. ^ MaltaMedia News (Jun 11, 2008). "Air Malta signs codeshare agreement".  

External links

  • Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Malta
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