22 May 2017
Turkey hosts The Black Sea Economic Cooperation 25th Anniversary Summit whose opening speech was delivered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
27 December 2016
Turkey will chair the Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Energy Club in 2017, being the first non-SCO country to preside over the organization.
27 September 2016
The European Commission made a recommendatory decision to cancel the visa requirement for Turkish citizens travelling to Schengen countries.
27 June 2016
According to “Global Humanitarian Aid 2016” report, Turkey ranked second after the US in providing the most humanitarian aid.
01 June 2016
The first visit from Turkey to Uganda on a presidential level is paid by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
23 May 2016
Turkey hosts the World Humanitarian Summit for the first time. Around 60 heads of state or heads of government attended the summit. Turkey’s efforts in the realm of humanitarian aid were decisive in organizing the summit in Turkey.
20 April 2016
With Turkey being the first country to offer help to Ecuador after an earthquake shook the country, a humanitarian aid team of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) arrived in the region. Turkey also delivered 2 million dollars’ worth of medical and humanitarian aid to Ecuador.
16 March 2016
In a meeting of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), it was stated that TIKA plays an important role in increasing the visibility of Turkey in the international arena and creating a positive perception of Turkey. TIKA has 49 offices in 47 countries and operates in 140 countries.
29 February 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the first official visit from Turkey to the Ivory Coast.
13 February 2016
A humanitarian aid ship named “The Ship of Compassion” that carries 7 million dollars worth of food and medical tool begins its journey to Yemen with a ceremony held in the city of Mersin.
14 December 2015
The EU opens a new chapter in Turkey’s accession talks after two years of interval. Chapter 17 focuses on economic and monetary policy.
15 November 2015
The G20 Leaders’ Summit, constituted by the world’s top 19 economic powers and the European Commission, is hosted by President Erdogan on 15-16 November. The G20 Summit, held in Turkey for the first time, was attended by approximately 13,000 people. Around 3,000 media representatives followed the Summit.
16 June 2015
Becoming one of the countries that contribute most to the budget of the Council of Europe, the number of the seats belonging to Turkey in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is increased from 12 to 18.
28 April 2015
The first part of the humanitarian aid and a search and rescue team sent by Turkey to Nepal after the earthquake that killed 9,000 people arrived at Kathmandu.
29 January 2015
Vice Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announces that Turkey delivered 150 tons of medicine and medical equipment to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to fight an Ebola outbreak.
01 January 2015
Turkey assumes the G-20 Presidency in 2015. The G20 is the leading platform for international economic cooperation, policy coordination and result-oriented action.
01 December 2014
Turkey takes over the presidency of G-20 that gathers the largest 20 economies of the world. Turkey completed its term as president as it presided over the G-20 Leaders Summit organized in the city of Antalya on 15-16 November 2015.
12 February 2014
Turkey delivers humanitarian aid to Rakhine Muslims who live in refugee camps after fleeing from religious clashes that takes place in Myanmar. The aid is delivered through the coordination of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.
31 December 2012
Turkey begins to participate in the commission consisting of four people who elect the Director General of EUROCONTROL (European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation).
07 January 2012
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) approves Turkey’s application to become a Dialogue Partner at the Summit of the Heads of State of the SCO held in Beijing, China.
19 August 2011
Then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Somalia to draw the attention of the international community to the immense famine impacting the country and to show solidarity with Somali people. The visit was successful in terms of eliciting international awareness.
13 March 2011
Turkey delivers 52 tons of humanitarian aid, with a team consisting of search and rescue and medical experts for the people affected by the earthquake in Japan.
29 January 2011
A Ministry for European Union Affairs is established by the 61st government. The ministry aims to direct and research efforts in preparing Turkey for the EU membership, coordinating efforts after membership.
23 December 2010
Turkey hosts the 11th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit Meeting and the 19th Council of Ministers Meeting in Istanbul. At the meeting, Turkey assumes the ECO Presidency term from Iran.
16 December 2010
A memorandum of understanding establishing the Turkey-MERCOSUR Political Consultation and Cooperation mechanism is signed.
01 September 2010
Turkey takes over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council from Russia, thus gains the opportunity to preside over two important meetings on 23 and 27 September.
16 August 2010
Turkey sent more than 140 tons of humanitarian aid and 10 billion dollars in cash to Pakistan for the people left in need by a devastating flood.
24 March 2010
The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities is established under the prime ministry to solve the problems of Turks and Turkic people and to improve socio-cultural and economic relations with related communities.
16 January 2010
Turkey sends humanitarian aid to Haiti where more than 100,000 people died in an earthquake through the coordination of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).
01 January 2009
The Yunus Emre Institute stats activities to promote Turkish language, history, culture and art, to increase Turkey’s cultural exchange with other countries and develop its relations with them.
02 September 2008
High Level Strategic Dialogue Mechanism is established among Turkey and Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) aimed at developing and deepening existing relations in the fields of politics, economics, security and culture between Turkey and GCC countries.
18 August 2008
The first “Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit” is held in Istanbul with the participation of 49 African countries.
05 March 2008
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Turkey started an extensive aid campaign for the people in Gaza who have been subject to an embargo enforced by Israel after Hamas took control of Gaza.
01 January 2008
Turkey takes part as a council member in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) between 2008 and 2010. During its FAO Council membership, Turkey makes important contributions aimed at strengthening global food security and strongly supports the work of the FAO.
01 January 2008
After the African Union declares Turkey as a strategic partner, relations gain further momentum. In this respect, Turkey, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2009-2010, becomes the voice of the Continent in international platforms.
07 October 2006
Turkish soldiers who will carry out duties as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) depart with a ceremony that takes place in the Aksaz Naval Base.
14 July 2006
Lebanon Evacuation Operation begins to save the Turkish citizens affected by a humanitarian crisis caused by clashes in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel. At the end of the 11-day operation, 2,000 Turkish citizens were evacuated from Lebanon to Turkey.
05 June 2006
As part of “the Latin American and Caribbean Week” organized in Istanbul and Ankara between 5-11 June 2006, ministry representatives, academics and business people from Latin American countries and their Turkish counterparts have meetings. The trade volume between Turkey and Latin American countries exceeded 10 billion dollars at the end of 2015.
21 November 2005
Chairman of the African Union Commission, Prof. Alpha Oumar Konare, visits Turkey. This visit between 21-25 November 2005 constitutes the first senior-level visit from the African Union to Turkey.
09 October 2005
Turkey becomes the first country to lend a helping hand to Pakistan in the aftermath of the earthquake in the Kashmir region. Turkey provided Pakistan with nearly 10,000 tons of food, medicine and clothes, and set up mobile hospitals in the affected region.
01 January 2005
As a result of the intense diplomatic efforts of the AK Party government targeting member countries, for the first time a Turkish citizen takes up the post of Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
01 January 2005
In 2005, Turkey, which has participated in the African Union Summits as a guest country since 2002, attains “observer country” status in the African Union.
17 December 2004
A turning point at the Brussels Summit. The European Union agrees to start accession negotiations with Turkey. It states that Turkey sufficiently fulfills the political criteria. The council decides to launch negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005.
02 December 2004
A Turkish unit in Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the Althea mission of the EU Army to supervise the application of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Contributing one of the highest numbers of soldiers, Turkey helped local people in health and construction matters.
01 September 2004
Turkey announces that it kicked off a 950 million dollar aid program to help Afghanistan’s development efforts. The aid was spent on various substructure investments, including school, road and hospital constructions.
06 November 2002
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts to advertise his party’s program to speed up Turkey’s accession process into the EU in capitals around the world.