Uzbekistan, Turkey discuss cooperation prospects
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 29
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The representatives of the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Turkey discussed the prospects of intensifying the bilateral relations in the political, trade-economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian fields as part of the seventh round of the political ministerial consultations, held in Ankara on November 27 - 28, the Uzbek foreign ministry said.
"The dynamics of the Uzbek-Turkish dialogue based on mutual interest in developing the mutually beneficial relations was stressed with satisfaction," a statement said.
During the consultations, the sides also discussed the cooperation in the UN and other international organizations, reviewed the schedule and the preparation for the upcoming bilateral contacts.
The views on other issues of mutual interest were exchanged at the meeting.
During the visit, a delegation of Uzbekistan held bilateral meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, president of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency under the Prime Minister's office Serdar Cam and First Deputy Economy Minister Adnan Yildirim.
The practical aspects of the Uzbek-Turkish relations, including the implementation of new joint projects in various spheres of cooperation were discussed during the talks.
Turkey is among the five largest foreign trade partners of Uzbekistan. The turnover amounted to $1.347 billion in 2013 or by 10.5 percent more than in 2012.
At present, around 485 companies with Turkish investments are operating in the textile, food and pharmaceutical fields, hotel business, services, construction materials, production of plastic products in Uzbekistan. Turkish investments in the amount of over $1 billion provide Uzbekistan's economy with approximately $ 300 million per year due to exports and 50,000 jobs.