Recep Erdogan thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for efforts in stabilizing Turkey-Russia relations

6 august 2016

Following the talks, head of the state Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a joint press conference. This is reported by the press service of Akorda.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted the fruitfulness of the meeting, during which issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed as well as regional and international agenda.

"Turkey is one of the closest and reliable political and economic partners of Kazakhstan. Our relations our based on a common historical past and spiritual heritage, and is developing. Gradually expanding, our relations have reached the level of strategic partnership. Kazakhstan has always supported and is ready to assist the brotherly Turkish people. I am sure that this visit will further strengthen the cooperation between our countries ", - said the President of Kazakhstan.

The President also stated that the negotiations have reached a number of agreements on cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres.

"Today in Kazakhstan successfully operate more than 1 600 enterprises with Turkish capital. Turkish business took an active part in the construction of the new capital of Kazakhstan. To date, representatives of Turkish companies performed construction works for the sum of $20 billion, 460 objects are introduced into service. Last year the trade turnover between our countries totaled $2 billion ",- Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan noted the importance of joint economic program "New Synergy", adopted in the framework of the state visit of Erdogan to Astana last year.
"Our objective is to increase the volume of mutual trade turnover to $10 billion. The program provides for the implementation of 20 investment projects worth a total of about $813 million.Given that Turkey is a key transit country with a developed infrastructure, I invited the brotherly Turkish people to take part in the program "Nurly Zhol". In this regard, an important role is played by the creation of the Kazakh-Turkish industrial zones. These steps will give impetus to further expansion of economic opportunities between the two countries ", - said the Head of State.

Nursultan Nazarbayev also emphasized the importance of common efforts in ensuring international stability and thanked Turkey for its support for the candidacy of our country as a non-permanent UN Security Council member in2017-2018 years.
"Against the background of global challenges and threats of Kazakhstan and Turkey is ready to join efforts to ensure world security and stability. In this context, we have agreed to give a definite response to terrorism - the main disease of the XXI century. Cooperation between our countries in military and military-technical sphere is consistently developing", - said the Head of State.

The President of Kazakhstan emphasized the good momentum of bilateral cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere."Next year in Astana under the motto, "Energy of the Future" the international exhibition "EXPO-2017" will be held, which is dedicated to innovation in the field of alternative energy. Today, I have invited the country's leadership, representatives of the business community and the entire Turkish people to attend the event", - said Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In conclusion, the President of Kazakhstan noted that Kazakhstan-Turkeyrelations have a great potential for further strengthening.In addition,the question was raised about the activities of the Kazakh-Turkish high schools in our country, which found understanding.
In turn, Erdogan once again thanked the President of Kazakhstan for its efforts to normalize relations between Turkey and Russia, also for a historic visit, stating that such support is timely in a difficult period for the Turkish people. He also noted that Nursultan Nazarbayev was the first foreign head of state to visit Turkey after the attempt of a military coup in the country.

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