Minister: Uyghurs one of Turkey's priorities in Asia

Kazakhstan Materials 2 September 2008 13:28 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish State Minister for foreign trade Kursad Tuzmen attended on Tuesday a forum on economic cooperation in mid, west and south Asia, held in the East Turkistan, reported Worldbulletin.

Tuzmen said that "The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one of Turkey's priorities in Central Asia."

Tuzmen, the honorary guest of the forum, told the participants that the East Turkistan was at the intersection point of Turkey's policies in Asia and Pacific.

He said Turkey wanted to improve commercial relations with the East Turkistan together with China, stating that the region was an important junction of energy and logistics corridors.

Tuzmen said  Turkey must cooperate with China not only in nuclear energy but also wind and solar energy projects.

"There is energy deficiency in Turkey. We plan to erect a nuclear power plant in Turkey. We are aware of the level China possesses in nuclear energy issues," Tuzmen said.

"To date, there has not been any nuclear power plant in Turkey. We would make up for the energy deficiency Turkey faces. Companies that are interested in establishing nuclear power plant in Turkey may submit bids until September 24th. We would evaluate the bids until the end of November," Tuzmen said.

"The northern province of Sinop and the southern province of Mersin have been designated as sites where nuclear power plant may be erected," Tuzmen added.