Turkish PM to visit Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Astana, May 21 /Trend D.Mukhtarov/
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Kazakhstan on an official visit on May 22-24, official representative of Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan Altai Abibullaev said at a news briefing on Monday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with the leadership of Kazakhstan during the visit. The sides will exchange views on key issues of bilateral cooperation and current international problems. It is planned to sign several bilateral documents in the result of the meeting.
During the visit, Turkish Prime Minister will also attend the opening of the Astana Economic Forum.
The visit is held in the frame of celebration the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. In terms of international cooperation it should be noted that Turkey is currently chair the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
October 5, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the initiative of President of Kazakhstan on convening the CICA.
Kazakhstan supports the candidacy of Turkey as a dialogue partner of the SCO. It is expected that a final decision on the matter will be taken within the CHS SCO in Beijing.
It is planned to hold a business forum with participation of representatives of business circles of both countries during the visit.
Kazakhstan has registered over 160 companies with Turkish capital.
Investment and economic and trade cooperation is one of the priority areas. The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Turkey totaled $3.3 billion in 2011, which is 80 percent more than in 2010 ($1.85 billion). The parties intend to increase the level of bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2015.