Began in 1414 with the diplomatic relations of Turkey-Poland relations have a history of 604 years. Our relations have undergone a major positive trend if we exclude war periods which can be considered rare. Watch Turkey-Poland relations are also extremely positive level today.
Turkey and Poland are approaching their point of view similar to international and regional issues, there are no political problems between the two countries. Poland to Turkey’s EU membership process, Turkey has to support Poland’s accession to NATO took place in 1999, it has contributed to the development of political relations.
Our bilateral relations have been moved to strategic partnership level with the declaration signed in 2009 and our relations with Poland have started a new era.
Political dialogue with Poland continues with intensive high-level visits. Finally, Mr. President of the Republic of Turkey made an official visit to Poland on 17 October 2017. The main objective of our visit, which was accompanied by our President and ministers, was determined to further develop our relations with Poland, which reached strategic partnership level in 2009 with the current potential, and important steps were taken in the fields of education, culture, defence industry and social security with five documents signed during the visit.
Turkey-Poland 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations throughout 2014, Turkey, Poland and in third countries, a variety of cultural, artistic and academic activities were celebrated. The opening ceremony of the anniversary events was held during the visit of Polish President Komorowski in March 2014 and the official closing ceremony was held on 8-9 December 2014, when Prime Minister Davutoğlu visited Poland.
Except for the above visits of Polish President Komorowski and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek is on April 2-4, 2014; Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu visited Poland on 27 January 2015 to attend the 70th anniversary ceremonies of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp’s rescue. In addition, Polish Parliament Speaker Marek Kuchcinski made a visit to my country on 27-29 October 2016. Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna made a visit to my country on March 13-24, 2015 to hold bilateral talks on 24-26 March 2015 and to attend the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Polish Foreign Minister Waszczykowski visited my country on April 20, 2016. Waszczykows Minister during the visit, as the largest and most important countries of Turkey, NATO’s eastern flank before the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland and Romania on security issues between the Foreign Ministers meeting in Warsaw has proposed tripartite consultation carried out; this suggestion was found appropriate by our minister. In this context, Mr. Minister June 9, 2016 Date of Turkey-Poland-Romania Trilateral Foreign Ministers held in Warsaw have participated in the meeting. Such a tripartite political-military consultation meeting, which was held for the first time at the level of Foreign Ministers,
The Polish and Romanian Foreign Ministers visited our country on August 25, 2016, within the framework of the current trilateral political consultation mechanism, to show their solidarity with our country after the July 15 coup attempt. Last Turkey-Poland-Romania trilateral Foreign Ministers’ meeting was held in Warsaw on August 25, 2017.
Development Minister Sayın Lütfi Elvan made a working visit to Warsaw on 16 August 2016 with a delegation of lawmakers, bureaucrats from the Ministries of Economy and Development, senior businessmen, economic organizations and journalists.
On the other hand, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo visited our country on 23-24 May 2016 with the World Summit on Humanitarian Summit (SEZ) held in Istanbul; The President of the NATO Heads of State and Government Summit held in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016 participated in a delegation of Mr President, Mr Minister and Mr National Defence Minister.
EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mr. Ömer Çelik visited Warsaw on 22-23 February 2017.
In 2016, our bilateral trade volume with Poland amounted to US $ 5.895 billion, of which US $ 2.651 billion was exported and US $ 3.224 billion was imported. Bilateral trade volume was recorded as 4.575 billion US dollars in the first 9 months of 2017. Increasing bilateral trade volume and reaching 10 billion Dollars are among our main targets.
The main export items we export to Poland are textiles and apparel, motor vehicles, machinery and appliances, fresh fruits and vegetables, jewellery, tobacco and white goods. Our main importing items are motor vehicles, hard coal, machinery, chemicals, cosmetics, furniture, chocolate and confectionery.
Culture and education also constitute an important aspect of our relations with Poland. There are Turcology departments in Warsaw University, Jagiellonian University (Krakow) and Poznan Adam Mickiewicz Universities in Poland. On the other hand, Poland is one of the most preferred countries by our students in the framework of the ERASMUS program. The Warsaw Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre, recognized by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the affiliated unit of the Warsaw Embassy in September 2013, also contributes significantly to the development of cultural relations between the two countries.
In Poland, about 6,000 of our citizens live. The majority of our citizens are either employed by the employer or are employed by the technical and administrative staff of Turkish, Polish or international companies.
The number of Poles traveling to my country in 2016 is 205.701. For the first nine months of 2017, this figure is 254,484.