Relations between Turkey and Uzbekistan

Turkey became the first country to recognize Uzbekistan’s independence on 16 December 1991 and diplomatic relations were established between two countries on 4 March 1992. Until 2017, more than 90 bilateral agreements and protocols were signed to form the legal basis of relations and numerous mutual high level visits were carried out.

Uzbekistan occupies an important place in terms of regional peace and stability with its population of nearly 30 million, geostrategic position, deep-rooted history, rich cultural values and economic potential. Turkey attaches great importance to the improvement of cooperation with brotherly Uzbekistan in all fields and maintains its willingness to further relations strengthened by the close bonds between Turkish and Uzbek people.

Our trade volume with Uzbekistan was 1.24 billion Dollars in 2016. There are currently 500 companies in Uzbekistan with Turkish capital, 100 of which are representation offices. They carry out activities in the sectors of textile, commitment, food, hotel management, building materials, plastic, medication and service.

On 4 December 2016 Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected as the President of Uzbekistan with 88,6% of votes, in succession to the President Islam Karimov who passed away on 2 September 2016. Our relations with Uzbekistan have boosted recently. In this regard, President Erdogan paid a visit to Uzbekistan on 17-18 November 2016 and Uzbek President Mirziyoyev paid an official visit to Turkey on 25 October 2017. Within the framework of the last high level visit, 25 agreements in different fields were signed. Our bilateral relations continue to boost in every field and reciprocal bilateral high level visits are expected to continue in the coming period ahead.