Following the bilateral meeting and the 4th meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Kazakhstan and Türkiye, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a briefing for the media.
The Kazakh leader emphasized that the state visit of the Turkish President coincided with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
- We have strong interstate relations with brotherly Türkiye. This year alone we have had several high-level visits and signed a number of important documents. In May, I paid a state visit to Ankara, after which President Erdoğan and I signed a joint statement on enhanced strategic partnership. Türkiye is Kazakhstan's most important strategic partner," the President said.
The Head of State praised the Turkish President's contribution to the development of cooperation between the two countries, and highlighted that Türkiye is actively involved in solving global and regional problems.
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said that following the 4th meeting of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council, a number of intergovernmental documents were signed.
The President described trade, economic and investment cooperation as the core of the bilateral ties. He added that in the future it is planned to bring the trade turnover between the two countries to $10 billion.
In addition, the head of our state said that during today's talks, the prospects for cooperation in the transport and transit sector were discussed in detail.
- Our countries are interested in increasing the volume of traffic on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route. This strategic project is of great importance for maintaining stability in the region. In the first 7 months of this year, the volume of transportation on this route has increased by 2.5 times and reached 1 million tons. In this context, the development of the "Middle Corridor" connecting our states is important," Kassym-Jomart Tokayev believes.
The President of Kazakhstan also informed that topical issues on the global agenda were discussed. He noted the proximity of the positions of the two countries on many international issues.
- We attach special importance to the further intensification of multilateral diplomacy. Cooperation between our countries is successfully developing within multilateral institutions like the United Nations, the Organization of Turkic States, and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Tomorrow, together with the President of Türkiye, we will take part in the sixth CICA summit," the Head of State noted.
In turn, the leader of Türkiye expressed satisfaction with the results of his state visit to Kazakhstan.
- We will continue to support the sovereignty, territorial integrity, peace and stability of our brotherly Kazakhstan. May our unity and cooperation last forever! I highly appreciate the reforms carried out under the leadership of the President of Kazakhstan. I wish that the results of the upcoming presidential election will bring prosperity to Kazakhstan," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stressed.
The Turkish President expressed his sincere gratitude to Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for awarding him the first-degree Order of Dostyk.