Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 6
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The aim of Turkey is to give impetus to relations between two states and peoples through expansion of dialogue points with Uzbekstan in a wide range of areas such as policy, economy, art, culture and civil projects, the Turkish Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Namik Guner Erpul told journalists at a press-conference on March 5.
The Uzbek President Islam Karimov received the letter of credence of the newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey last week. The ambassador noted that Turkey was the first country to recognize the independence of Uzbekistan in December 1991.
More than 100 treaties and protocols have been signed up to date that provide the legal basis of the Uzbek-Turkish relations, the most important of which is the May 1996 "Treaty of Eternal Friendship and Cooperation".
"The first article of the treaty reads: "Turkey and Uzbekistan, are friends and brothers, build up their relationships relying on cooperation and mutual trust." Turkey is determined to develop its relations with Uzbekistan in this context," the ambassador said.
Turkey is determined to build up relations with Uzbekistan on the principles of mutual benefit.
Our will was also expressed by the Turkish Prime Minister Racap Tayyip Erdogan, who met with the Uzbek President during the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Erpul said.
The head of the Turkish diplomatic mission noted that trade and economic relations between the two countries are developing continuously, though not to its full potential. The trade turnover between the two countries increased by 8 per cent and amounted to $ 1.250 billion in 2013.
Today some 450 companies operate in Uzbekistan with Turkish investments today. They are engaged in the fields of textile, food and pharmaceutical industries, in the areas of hospitality, services, building materials, construction and production of plastic products. Turkish investments in the amount of more than one billion dollars to the economy of Uzbekistan provide approximately $ 300 million per year through exports and 50,000 jobs.
These figures do not reflect the real potential of cooperation, and trade and economic relations with Uzbekistan, it is necessary to provide it to decent level, without wasting time, according to the Turkish ambassador.
"We consider it important to conduct a meeting of the joint economic commission as soon as possible in this regard. Furthermore, we believe that bilateral visits, business forums and exhibitions will benefit greatly for provision of closer cooperation between business circles of both countries," Erpul said.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by C.N.