Turkey-Netherlands Relations

The history of Turkey-Netherlands relationship dates back to the 17th century. In 1612, the first Dutch Embassy Cornelis Haga was appointed to Istanbul, and the same year Sultan Ahmed gave the Dutch “ahidname-i hümayun”. The establishment of diplomatic relations and the activities of the Dutch merchants in the Ottoman Empire have increased, and the Dutch Embassies, in cooperation with the British Embassies in general, have been mediators in the peace negotiations after the wars with Austria and Russia (for example 1699 Karloff and 1718 Passaufic Treaties).

The first permanent representative of the Ottoman Empire was Yahya Karaca Pasha, who was appointed as The Hague Ambassador in 1859. After the proclamation of the Republic and the Netherlands concluded the first agreement signed in 1924. “Between Muhadenet Royal Dutch treaty with the Republic of Turkey Upgrade” d (Friendship Agreement). In 2012, my 400.yıldönü of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands were celebrated.

On March 26, 2008 between the two countries “Turkey-Netherlands Strengthening Relations and Turkey – Netherlands Conference Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment” was signed. Established in this framework, Turkey – Netherlands (Wittenburg) Conferences are held alternately in the two countries. The last (Sixth) Conference was held in Ankara on 14 February 2014.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Netherlands on February 10, 2016. This visit, be provided between Turkey and the Netherlands, although a preliminary agreement established a mechanism for the direction of the Intergovernmental Summit, this mechanism has not yet been implemented.

The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Koenders recently visited our country on 28-29 August 2016. Family and Social Policy Minister Sayın Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was asked to leave the country because of unacceptable treatment during his visit to Holland on 11 March 2017. In addition, some steps towards the Netherlands, as agreed in the Council of Ministers dated 13 March, were made public by the Government Spokesperson. Officially requested by the Netherlands to apologize.

By the year 2016, our trade volume with the Netherlands was 6 billion 590 million dollars (Exports: 3 billion 589 million dollars, Imports: 3 billion dollars), an increase of 8.5% compared to the previous year. In terms of the volume of bilateral trade volume of our country in the year 2016, the Netherlands ranked 13th, 17th in the ranking of the countries where we have the most imports and 10th in the export ranking.

By November 2017, our trading volume with the Netherlands increased by 15.1% compared to the same period of the previous year. In the same period, we saw an increase of 6.6% in our exports and 25.1% in our imports. Turkey-Netherlands JETCO meeting on the occasion, the bilateral trade volume target has been determined to be increased to 10 billion dollars.

In the period of October 2002 – October, the Netherlands ranked first with foreign direct investment made to my country with 23 billion 681 million dollars. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of the Netherlands, in 2016, the total investment amount of 18 billion 65 million Euros and the country directly invested by the Netherlands is ranked 36th in our country. As of June 30, 2017, 2,732 Dutch firms operate in our country. Dutch-owned company in Turkey, banking, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical industry, telecommunications, logistics, textile, food and act as almost every sector of agro-industrial and tourism sectors.

According to Central Bank data, the October period 2002-2017 the sum of foreign direct investment in the Netherlands from Turkey is 10 billion 641 million dollars, made to our country in terms of foreign direct investment overseas is located in the Netherlands in first place. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, in 2016, direct investments from the Netherlands to the Netherlands totaled 5 billion 60 million euros. The number of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands is around 25,000, employing about 67,000 people.

The number of Dutch tourists visiting our country has reached 906.336 in 2016 and 770,250 in January-November 2017

In the Netherlands where 1.8 million immigrants live, the population of the Turkish population is about 450,000. 300,000 of this population are dual citizens. According to the general election results held on March 15th, 8 Turkish deputies could enter the Representatives Assembly. Also in the State Assembly 8; In the Municipal Assemblies, there are 128 members of Turkish origin.

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