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Uzbekistan, Turkey Intend to Expand Cooperation

11 December 2012

http://www.turkishweekly.net/ of 12/11/2012 - An agreement involving the further expansion of relations on fronts such as tourism, health care facilities, science and education, and culture and art has been reached at a meeting between Uzbek Foreign Minister and a delegation of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Tashkent today, the Uzbek foreign ministry said today.

The Turkish delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Mehmet Fatih Ceylan.

The sides have discussed the state of bilateral cooperation in the political, diplomatic, economic, trade, investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres and perspective directions of expanding the cooperation.

Both the Turkish and Uzbek parties stressed that the Uzbek-Turkish Dialogue in various fields that has been ongoing since diplomatic relations were established 20 years ago have been a positive experience.

Around 81 bilateral documents have been signed. Mutual trade turnover in 2011 amounted to more than $1.187 billion.

Around 516 companies with Turkish capital operate in Uzbekistan. The amount of Turkish direct investments in the implementation of the Uzbek State Investment Program exceeded $353 million in 2011-2012.

Uzbekistan and Turkey are interested in the implementation of mutually beneficial projects in the "Navoi" Free Industrial Economic Zone and in "Angren" Special Economic Zone. The significant tax and customs benefits are given for foreign investors there.

Particular attention was paid to Afghanistan and other regional issues while discussing international agendas.

The next round of the Uzbek-Turkish political consultations was held by deputy foreign ministers on the same day.

Turkish Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mehmet Sertach Sonmezay also attended the bilateral meeting.