Uzbekistan and Turkey mark 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- Tashkent hosted a reception dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey.

During the event, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov said the visit of President of Turkey Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Samarkand on 17-18 November 2016, open and substantive talks held with President Shavkat Mirziyoev has opened a new page in the partnership of two states.

“Fifteen bilateral top-level visits took place for the last 25 years. In particular, visit of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Ankara in December 1991 and visit of Prime Minister of Turkey Suleyman Demirel to Uzbekistan in April 1992 laid a firm foundation for the development of our relations,” the Uzbek Prime Minister said.

Aripov said: “At present, we consider Turkey as a country with enormous political, economic, and cultural potential in the world, our reliable and important partner in the international arena. I would also like to note with pleasure that in recent years our countries were able to significantly enhance extensive relations based on the principles of mutual respect and trust.”

“At the same time, we would like to note the availability of untapped and complementary potential between our states in political, diplomatic, trade-economic, investment, tourism and a number of other areas. It is of profound significance for Uzbekistan to utilize these opportunities, expand mutual cooperation and jointly implement promising programs,” he said.

“In particular, we are committed to consistently continue the implementation of joint projects aimed at reforming the spheres of public healthcare, industry, and agriculture, as well as developing small business, private entrepreneurship and, especially, tourism,” the Uzbek Prime Minister stated.

“I am confident that with common desire and joint efforts, we will elevate the multifaceted and long-term relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey to a qualitatively new level. This will, no doubt, will serve to common prosperity of two brotherly nations,” he added.

Ambassador or Turkey to Uzbekistan Ahmet Başar Şen said Turkey, beginning from the first days of the independence of Uzbekistan mobilized his means to support the process of strengthening of national state and economy in Uzbekistan.

“We are resolved to continue our work in determination in the coming period. Sincere feelings of brotherhood between our peoples will be preserved under any conditions as an assurance of our relations and will be committed to the next generations,” he said. Ahmet Başar Şen noted: “In 2017, we will maintain our efforts to lay the solid foundations of the new period particularly in the field of economy and all other spheres.”

“Turkish and Uzbek people wish to see our further contributions to their prosperity working in close association to better serve our mutual interests with the spirit of equality, respect and brotherhood,” he said.

“Bearing this in mind, it is our responsibility to attain bigger targets in line with the widening opportunities, current needs and expectations of our peoples. In this process, we have to draw lessons from the past successes and occasionally missed opportunities and look forward to the future with trust and self-confidence,” Turkish envoy said.

“Solidarity and cooperation between Turkey and Uzbekistan will continuously contribute to the prosperity and stability in their regions as well as international peace,” he said.

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