Turkey – Georgia Political Relations
Turkey has recognized the independence of Georgia on December 16, 1991. The Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations was signed on May 21, 1992 and mutual Embassies were opened. Our country has the Consulate General in Batum, Georgia in Istanbul and Trabzon.
The relations between Turkey and Georgia are strategic level. Our country has been Georgia’s largest trading partner since 2007. Among countries with the most foreign direct investment to Georgia, Turkey stands in the first row. On the other hand, in accordance with a protocol signed between the two countries on 31 May 2011 and entered into force on 10 December 2011, citizens of the two countries can only travel to their respective countries with identity documents.
Top-level visits are regularly held between the two countries. In order to further develop the relations between our country and Georgia, the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (YDSK) mechanism has been established between the two countries; and the first YDSK meeting was held in Ankara on 19 July 2016 and the second YDSK meeting was held in Tbilisi on 23 May 2017.
Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Trilateral Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the process of regional stability is an important mechanism that contributes to peace and prosperity. Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia Foreign Ministers VI. The meeting was held on 6 September 2017 in Baku. The trio meeting process was also held at the level of the Presidents and the first meeting was held in Tbilisi on 6 May 2014. There are also tripartite meetings between the Defence, Economy, Transport Ministers, Commanders of the Armed Forces, Presidents of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commissions and Business Forums.
Turkey supports Georgia’s territorial integrity in the strongest way, is to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the so-called independence of this conflict is solved peacefully desire in the framework of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. Turkey also supports the integration efforts by Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic institutions.
Also, one of the most important issues in the Turkey-Georgia relations constitutes the process of Meskhetian Turks return to their homeland. Our country closely follows this issue and demands that all obstacles in front of the return of Ahiska Turks to Ahiska, home of Ahiska, be lifted within the framework of the obligations that Georgia assumes while becoming a member of the Council of Europe in 1999. On the other hand, from the Ahiska Turks in the conflict areas in the eastern regions of Ukraine, 2,813 people were brought to my country by December 2017 and placed in the grape city of Erzincan or Ahlat city of Bitlis.