President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov met with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on March 15. The leaders of the countries discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, paid special attention to strengthening ties in political, trade, economic and other spheres.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warmly welcoming Sadyr Zhaparov, expressed gratitude to the Kyrgyz side for the assistance provided in eliminating the consequences of the earthquakes that occurred in Turkey in February this year. The Turkish President noted that he feels support from Sadyr Zhaparov, who was one of the first to call to express words of sympathy, and also personally left a note in the book of condolences in the building of the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. Such support of the Kyrgyz brothers gives great strength to the Turkish people.

Touching upon the issues of trade and economic cooperation, the Turkish leader noted with satisfaction the dynamics of development in trade turnover between the two countries. Today, the trade turnover between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan has a positive trend and has grown by 26 percent. In the future, there is a goal to bring this figure to 2 billion US dollars. At the same time, the Turkish President stressed that he supports the creation of the Turkic Investment Fund and the opening of its regional representative office in Bishkek.

President Sadyr Zhaparov noted that the Kyrgyz people are always ready to support fraternal Turkey.

Kyrgyzstan intends to actively work and interact with the Turkish side to increase mutual trade turnover. The sides reaffirmed their commitment to dialogue and cooperation on the world stage in order to further strengthen bilateral strategic cooperation, as well as promote sustainable development, stability and prosperity of the two countries.