On September 16, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a part of the SCO Samarkand Summit.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the President of Uzbekistan on the successful holding of the SCO Summit and expressed his sincere gratitude for the invitation to participate as an honored guest.
During the meeting, the leaders exchanged views on the issues of intensifying the multifaceted cooperation between Uzbekistan and Turkey based on mutual respect, friendship and trust.
The importance of further deepening political, diplomatic, inter-parliamentary, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties was emphasized in the light of bringing bilateral relations to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership.
The sides expressed satisfaction with the significant intensification of mutual contacts as part of the implementation of the agreements reached at the highest level in Tashkent on 29-30 March 2022.
The volume of trade turnover between the two countries is increasing. In particular, the growth was more than 60% last year.
The number of joint ventures has exceeded 2,000. The investments for about half a billion US dollars have been disbursed since the beginning of this year alone.
There is a high interest in Turkish companies to participate in the process of privatizing state-owned enterprises in Uzbekistan.
Further agreements were reached on the implementation of joint projects in agriculture, transport, electrical engineering, textile and leather industries, building materials, innovations, high technologies, tourism and culture.
The energy industry is highlighted as a promising area. The sides have been implementing projects worth almost $1 billion in recent years.
A schedule of the upcoming events, including within the framework of the planned Summit of the Organization of Turkic States in Samarkand was also considered at the meeting.
The meeting of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkey was traditionally held in a warm, trusting and friendly atmosphere.