President Erdogan arrived Uzbekistan, where he is expected to discuss bilateral, economic and political relations with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The Turkish leader was warmly welcomed on April 29 at the Tashkent International Airport by top officials. He met personally with the Cabinet members like prime minister Abdulla Aripov, foreign minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Tashkent Mayor Jahongir Ortiqhojaev, and Turkey’s Ambassador to Tashkent Ahmet Basar Sen.
President Erdogan is accompanied by a large delegation, including the first lady Emine Erdoğan, foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu. The large Turkish delegation’s members are aimed at the fruitful discussions regarding the strengthening the economic and cultural ties with Uzbekistan.
Mr Erdogan is in Uzbekistan on a three-day official visit, an official ceremony was held in the capital, Tashkent, where the national anthems of both countries were played before the official talks began. During his stay, the Turkish leader is expected to discuss bilateral, economic and political relations with Mr Mirziyoyev.
He is also due to address the Uzbek Parliament and attend the Turkey-Uzbekistan Business Forum along with Mirziyoyev. On May 1st, the Turkish president will visit the historic city of Bukhara where he plans to establish two Islamic institutes.
Meanwhile, in Turkey, the upcoming elections will take place under the state of emergency in force since the coup attempt of mid-2016, blamed by the government on its one-time allies in the secretive Islamist movement led by Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-exile in the US.