Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey were established on May 21, 1992.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of Georgia to the Republic of Turkey:

  • Irakli Koplatadze – 15.06.2013 – to date
  • Zurab Pataradze – 15.10.2012 – 01.03.2013
  • Tariel Lebanidze – 01.01.2009 – 01.09.2012
  • Grigol Mgaloblishvili – 15.10.2004 – 02.11.2008
  • Tariel Lebanidze – 30.09.1998 – 15.10.2004
  • Nodar Komakhidze – 1994 – 1997

Consuls General in Istanbul:

  • Irakli Asashvili – 15.10.2012 – to date
  • Zurab Pataradze – 04.01.2011 – 15.10.2012
  • Teimuraz Sharashenidze – 01.10.2009 – 01.01.2011
  • Zviad Kvachantiradze – 01.12.2004 – 01.10.2009
  • Teimuraz Sharashenidze – 30.03.1998 – 01.08.2004

Consuls General in Trabzon:

  • Avtandil Mikatsadze – 03.09.2014 – to date
  • Paata Kalandadze – 15.10.2010 – 16.05.2014
  • Irakli Asashvili – 03.03.2012 – 15.10.2012
  • Avtandil Mikatsadze – 01.02.2007 – 01.02.2012
  • Nikoloz Gogitidze – 23.08.2004 – 01.03.2007
  • George Janjghava – 05.04.1994 – 23.08.2004

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia:

  • Zeki Levent Gümrükçü – 20.02.2014 – to date
  • Levent Murat Burhan – 2009 – 2014
  • Ertan Tezgor – 2004 – 2009
  • Dijle kopuzi – 2002 – 2004
  • Burak Gürsel – 1998 – 2002
  • Upuk tevpik okiauzi – 1994 – 1998
  • Ahmed Riza Demirer – 1993 – 1994
  • Timuchin arbaki - Charge d'Affairs – 1992

Consuls General of Turkey in Batumi:

  • Yassin temizkani – 08.09.2014 - to date
  • Kazim Çavusoglu – 2006 – 2011

Fields of Cooperation

Cooperation between Georgia and Turkey has a strategic nature and is successfully developing in political, as well as the trade-economic, cultural and humanitarian fields.

Existing contractual and legislative base includes 76 agreements between the two countries and regulates almost all areas of cooperation.

Exchange of visits is active on both executive, as well as of legislative levels.

Citizens of the two countries can benefit from the simplified regime of travel on the basis of IDs.

Turkey is the largest trading partner of Georgia, with whom a free trade regime exists. Private Sector of Turkey is one of the largest investors in Georgian economy. In addition, Georgia is interested in increasing exports on Turkish market.

The energy projects implemented with the joint efforts of Georgia and Turkey shall be mentioned. Such projects are the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline. Active cooperation for the implementation of southern energy corridor projects and for the realization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project successfully continues. It is important, that in 2013 the Akhaltsikhe-borchkas high-voltage transmission line was completed and is functioning, which gives new opportunities for electricity trade.

The trilateral format of Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey is an important political mechanism, which was initiated in 2012 by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs ("Trabzon Declaration"). The trilateral mechanism also covers cooperation formats at the presidential level, between parliamentary committees on foreign relations and defense Ministers.

There is also the practice of conducting the trilateral business forums.

Georgia-Turkey’s relations were raised to higher level with the establishment of the new format of cooperation – High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. The first meeting of the format was held in Ankara, on 19 July, 2016, at the level of the Prime-Ministers. Within the frames of the meeting “Ankara Statement” was signed, which reflects the main directions of the cooperation between Georgia and Turkey.

The mentioned countries have been successfully cooperating in the field of education. On 9 September, 2014, the Ministry of National Education of Turkey approved learning program “Teaching Georgian language in Turkey’s public and private schools for 2014-2016 years”, offered by the initiative group of Georgian Diaspora in Turkey. This program provides 244-hour course of Georgian language in Turkey’s secondary schools, for the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, if there are ten and more students willing to attend the course.   

Useful Links

Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Turkey
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
President of the Republic of Turkey
Parliament of the Republic of Turkey
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency