Uzbekistan-Turkey: relations rose to the level of strategic partnership
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Uzbek-Turkish relations have strengthened in recent years, both in bilateral and multilateral formats of interaction. Contacts at the highest level, between parliaments, ministries and departments, business and scientific-academic circles, as well as inter-regional relations, have noticeably revived and acquired regular character.
The other day, the first online meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the First Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Chamber Akmal Saidov and Turkish parliamentarians with the participation of the chairman of the Uzbekistan-Turkey Friendship Group Osman Mesten, a member of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey.
The heads of diplomatic missions of Uzbekistan and Turkey also took part in her work.
It was noted that relations have risen to the level of strategic partnership with the creation of new mechanisms - the Supreme Council for Strategic Partnership, chaired by the heads of state, the Joint Strategic Planning Group at the level of the Foreign Ministers, as well as Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Groups.
They talked about the results of bilateral cooperation, the development of inter-parliamentary dialogue, the provision of mutual support by the parties within the framework of international organizations, the strengthening of mutually beneficial trade, economic, political, legal, cultural and humanitarian ties.
The parties expressed their readiness to continue building up inter-parliamentary partnership on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.
It is necessary to carry out work to further deepen inter-parliamentary relations in expanding bilateral cooperation, since they play an important role in the early ratification of international treaties, expand bilateral cooperation in all areas, the participants noted.
The issue of the spread of coronavirus in the world was also raised. The parties informed about measures taken in Uzbekistan and Turkey to counter the pandemic. For example, specially created headquarters in Istanbul and Ankara maintain constant contact with Uzbek citizens temporarily residing in Turkey, as well as with representatives of the Turkish authorities on labor migration. The work of parliamentarians in the fight against coronavirus, aimed at preventing the negative consequences of a pandemic, was emphasized.
At the end of the online meeting, the participants reaffirmed the mutual commitment of the parliaments to comprehensively strengthen relations and practical cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Turkey.