“Old Turkish Inscriptions in Mongolia: 120th publication year of The Tonyukuk Inscription and 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Turkey Workshop” organized by Istanbul University and supported by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) was held on 22 November 2019.

The workshop which is held in Center for Research and Practice in Mongol Studies in Faculty of Arts of Istanbul University was attended by many academics and experts including Hayati Develi, İlyas Topsakal, Mustafa S. Kaçalin, Hakan Aydemir, İgor Kormuşin, Yong-Song Li, Uğur Uzunkaya, Özlem Ayazlı, Berker Keskin, Zemire Gulcalı, Ahmet Taşağıl, Sevim Erdem, Hacer Tokyürek, Mihaly Dobrovist, Mehmet Ölmez, Marcel Erdal, İbrahim Taş, Faysal Okan Atasoy, Ganjidma Chimeddorj and Engin Çetin.

It was assessed the development of the relations of Turkey and Mongolia historically in detail during the workshop.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Mongolia were established on 24 June 1969. Turkish Embassy in Ulaanbaatar has been operating since 1996 as a result of developing relations between the two countries which was started to boost in 1990s. These relations strengthened after the opening of the Embassy of Mongolia in Ankara in 1997.

The Orkhon Monuments, the oldest Turkish inscription known in history is also in Mongolia. Therefore, relations with Mongolia are very important to Turkey due to the historical roots of Turkey which is closely connected with Mongolia. On the other hand, Mongolia also adopted a very similar approach with Turkey, and accordingly, Mongolian Foreign Policy Concept is identified the US, EU, Japan, South Korea, India and also Turkey as their “third neighbor”.