Malta–Turkey relations

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Maltese–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Malta and Turkey

Malta

Turkey

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

Historical background[edit]

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[edit]

Malta is represented in Turkey through accreditation a Maltese Ambassador resident in Valletta to Turkey and its consulate–general in Istanbul.[2] 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.[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[edit]

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]

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