President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, speaking at the sixth summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States in Cholpan-Ata (Kyrgyzstan) on September 3, said that Uzbekistan is looking forward to a brighter future for this organisation.
"We are interested in further advancing of mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of the Turkic Council. At this stage, we are ready to participate in its activities in areas that are of practical interest to our country," Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
The summit is attended by the heads of the member states of the council: Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijani, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Sooronbai Jeenbekov of Kyrgyzstan and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, while Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban were present as guests of honor.
The Uzbek leader in his speech noted that the peoples of these countries are united with the similarity of languages, the commonality of spiritual values and the bonds of cooperation. Today there are no problems or differences in the political agenda of the council, he said.
"Our countries in current international and regional issues have similar or close views and approaches. At the same time, cooperation in the economy, investment, innovation, transport and communications, tourism, science and education, which fully meets the vital interests of our peoples, is actively developing," Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
Over the past year, the Uzbekistan’s trade with the member states of the Turkic Council has grown by more than 40%. Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the possibility of achieving even higher increase.
He advocated the expansion of trade, economic and investment cooperation, the strengthening of cooperation between leading companies, banking and financial institutions and business structures.
Sioronbai Jeenbekov, welcoming the participants of the summit, noted that he highly appreciated and supported Uzbekistan's intention to join the Türkic Council as a member state. According to him, this would give the organization a new breath and boost.