UPDATES WITH PHONE CALL BETWEEN TURKISH, KYRGYZ PRESIDENTS
By Zehra Nur Duz and Jeyhun Aliyev
ANKARA (AA) - The presidents of Turkey and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
"In the last 30 years, relations between the two countries have developed rapidly and steadily in all fields on the basis of common history, culture, and brotherly relations," said a joint statement by Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Kyrgyz counterpart Sadyr Japarov released by the Turkish Presidency.
Noting that Turkey was the first country to recognize the independence of Kyrgyzstan and establish diplomatic relations with the Central Asian country, it added that today, Ankara and Bishkek "actively maintain cooperation in the military-technical and security fields, which has become an important element of stability in the region."
"Turkey and Kyrgyzstan have shown exemplary solidarity in combating COVID-19 and reducing the negative impact of the pandemic on their citizens, as well as commercial and transport activities," it said.
The statement said that the two countries were determined to continue deepening their close cooperation and solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus.
Strongly condemning all forms and manifestations of terrorism, the two leaders said the fight against terrorism could be carried out effectively only if the international community acted together without politicizing the issue and applying double standards.
"Turkey and Kyrgyzstan will continue to work together to further increase the role and effectiveness of the Organization of Turkic States," the statement said.
They also confirmed their will to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on multilateral platforms, as well as bilateral strategic cooperation to improve the sustainable development, stability, and prosperity of both countries.
Erdogan and Japarov later held a phone call in which they discussed regional issues and steps to improve relations between their countries.
The Turkish president also hailed the joint statement, noting that the sides showed the joint will to deepen cooperation and solidarity.