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. There is a Turkish Military Cemetery at Marsa, where during the last skirmish of the 1565 siege, the Ottoman Army lost many soldiers.
Malta is represented in Turkey through accreditation a Maltese Ambassador resident in Valletta to Turkey and its consulate–general in Istanbul. Turkey is represented in Malta through its embassy in Valleta. Both countries are full members of the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the 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.
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.
As of 2008, 24 Turkish firms are operating in Malta, and the total capital of these firms are $ 1,3 billion.
The maritime sector is one of the co-operation areas between the two countries. 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.
An Agreement of Co-operation in Tourism between the two countries was signed on September 19, 1997.
In 2008, more than 3,058 Maltese tourists visited Turkey.
- Turkey´s Political Relations with Malta / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malta – Turkey
- Türkiye–Malta Ticari ve Ekonomik İlişkileri / T.C. Dışişleri Bakanlığı (Turkish)
- EkoTurk News Agency (10 September 2007). "Business council aims to boost Malta-Turkey trade links". The New Anatolian.
- MaltaMedia News (September 7, 2007). "Turkish-Maltese Business Council set up". Maltamedia.
- Turkey´s Commercial and Economic Relations with Malta / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs