Turkey – Indonesia Relations
Turkey has close and multifaceted relations with Indonesia. As always amicable relationships between historical ties with Turkey has been present in Indonesia. The first traces of relations with Turks date back to the 12th century. At that time, Turkish-Islamic scholars who visited Indonesia were influential in spreading Islam to the region. In the 16th century, official relations between the two countries were established on the basis of the request for help from the Ottoman Empire against the growing Portuguese pressures of the Aceh Sultanate.
Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Indonesia was established in 1950 and began operations of our Embassy in Jakarta on April 10, 1957.
Since 2004, the increase of mutual high level visits has given momentum to the relations. In 2011, our 11th President Abdullah Gul and 6. Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed between the “Turkey-Indonesia: Enhanced Partnership in the New World Order” Our bilateral relations with the leaflets were brought to the level of strategic partnership.
Following the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean in 2004, Prime Minister Sayın Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Banda Ace, the disaster area, on 6-7 February 2005. The helpfulness of our people due to the Tsunami disaster has further strengthened the existing ties between the two countries’ people.
The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan finally visited Indonesia on 30 July-1 August 2015. Views scope held on August 1, 2015 Turkey-Indonesia Business Forum during the meeting of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and the Indonesian Trade and Industry Chamber (WOMEN) trade between the two countries, signed the Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation in investment and technology.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited our country on 5-6 July 2017.
Turkey and Indonesia, the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the G20, D-8 and MIKE works in cooperation in multilateral fora. Our country has become the Sectoral Dialogue Partner in ASEAN in August 2017, the founding member of Indonesia. Our Embassy in Jakarta has been accredited to ASEAN since 2010.
Indonesia’s dynamic population, the largest economy in Southeast Asia and expected to join the global top 10 economies by 2030, provides a suitable base for further development of our commercial relationships with a growing middle-income class and strong economic potential.
We have about 400 citizens in Indonesia and about 2,400 Indonesians in our country. Since 1992, 596 Indonesian students have benefited from Government scholarships. “Turkey Scholarships” within the scope of the Indonesian students for the 2017-2018 academic year, 65 scholarships have been assigned.