Turkey – Australia Political Relations
Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Australia was established in 1967. The Canberra Embassy in 1967 and the Australian Embassy in Ankara in 1968.
In addition to the Canberra Embassy in Australia, Melburn and the Consulate General of Sydney are operating the Honorary Consulate in Brisbane. Australia has a Consulate General in Istanbul and a Consulate in Canakkale, as well as the Ankara Embassy.
Turkey-Turkish relations and pitted against Australia on ANZAC soldiers in the British Army in Canakkale Wars occupies an important place. The Anniversary Commemoration Ceremonies of the Çanakkale Land Wars are held every year on April 24-25 in Canakkale with a wide participation from Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited our country to attend the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Wars in Istanbul and Çanakkale on 23-25 April 2015 hosted by Mr. President. During the visit, it was decided to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism in the Joint Declaration dated 22 April 2015.
The Australian Governor Sir Peter Cosgrove made an official visit to my country between August 3-9, 2015 to participate in the ANZAK commemoration ceremonies held in Gallipoli on 6 and 8 August 2015 respectively, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. With the 100th anniversary of the Dardanelles War, the year of 2015 was celebrated with various activities as a year of mutual culture.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited Turkey on 15-16 November 2015 with the G20 Summit held in Antalya and was accepted by the President of the Republic of Turkey.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited our country on April 23-25, 2017 with the 102nd anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign and the Anzac Day Ceremonies. Between the two countries, the UN, the G20 and the MIKE (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Australia) is also available as a fruitful cooperation in multilateral fora.
The Turkish community living in Australia is an important bridge of friendship between the two countries. Our bilateral relations, based on the Gallipoli Wars and the presence of about 150,000 Turkish people in Australia, continue to develop with mutual high-level visits.
The Turkish Program was established in 1994 within the Arabic and Islamic Studies Centre at the Australian National University (ANU). The program suspended its activities in the academic year 2013-2014, and in 2015 it began to accept students again. Within the scope of the Turkish Program, the number of students who took Turkish History and Turkish Language courses by 2017 is 52 and 6 respectively.
The Turkish-Australian Cultural Centre was opened in Çanakkale 18 Mart University in April 2009 with the participation of Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith.