History History

Malaysia and the Republic of Turkey established its diplomatic relations in 1964. From 1971 to 1977, the Ambassador of Malaysia to Iran, His Excellency Ahmad Zainal Abidin was accredited to Turkey. The Embassy of Malaysia in Ankara, Turkey was established in 1977 at the level of Chargé d'Affaires. His Excellency Mohamed Mustapha bin Datuk Mahmud is the first Malaysian Ambassador to Turkey with resident in Ankara. He presented his credentials on 20 June 1978. Turkey established its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 1976.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, bilateral relations between Malaysia and Turkey have been cordial and friendly, with positive sentiments and attachment towards each other. There has been significant momentum in the relations following the exchange of visits by the Leaders of the two countries in 2014. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Malaysia in January 2014 (also in June 2003 and February 2005) and Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak visited Turkey in April 2014 (also in February 2011).


The existing cooperation is further augmented by the high-level visits between the leaders of the two countries in recent years and their close rapport had raised the stature of the bilateral relations to a special level.