Turkey and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear to be hard at work on actually realizing the ambition of the Army of Great Turan.
On October 27th, the defense ministers of Turkey and Uzbekistan signed a military agreement and underlined their will to further cooperate in the fields of military, defense and security.
Following visits to Pakistan and Kazakhstan in the past days, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar arrived at Uzbekistan and met with his counterpart Bakhodir Kurbanov in the capital Tashkent.
“We make efforts to enhance relations in every field. This includes trade, economic, social, political and, of course, military relations. We have made significant progress,” Akar stated.
Kurbanov for his part said: “It is important for us to further military, defense and security cooperation.”
Following a delegation meeting, the two defense ministers signed a military cooperation agreement.
Akar also met with Uzbekistan’s National Security Adviser Viktor Mahmudov during his visit and stated the necessity to continue cooperation in military training and the defense industry.
In regard to Kazakhstan, Hulusi Akar was welcomed by Kazakhstan’s Defense Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev with a military ceremony before a bilateral meeting in the capital Nur-Sultan.
Describing the Central Asia country as a Turkic “fatherland,” Akar thanked Kazakh officials for their hospitality.
“I believe that the existing relations in military training, cooperation, and the defense industry will continue to grow, and this will be very beneficial for our countries and armed forces,” he said.
Akar added that a 2019 strategic partnership agreement between the two countries helped draw an important roadmap for relations.
Yermekbayev greeted Akar with the expression, “Welcome to the fatherland from the motherland.”
“As friendly sister states, we need to further develop our relations,” Yermekbayev said.
After the meeting, Akar stated they had discussed how relations between the two countries and their armed forces can grow stronger.
Additionally, Akar met with Beibut Atamkulov, Kazakhstan’s industry and infrastructure development minister.
“The friendship between the Turkish and Kazakh presidents is known. We need to move forward on the path they blazed and do the necessary work for our countries, armed forces, and nations,” said Akar.
Azerbaijan’s cooperation with Turkey has been fact for a while, and it’s been on board with the plan.
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin at a meeting with the Turkish general noted the high level of cooperation between the two countries. Over the years of independence, Turkey has invested more than $ 3.7 billion in Kazakhstan and is among the top ten countries – trade partners of Nur-Sultan.
At the end of 2019, trade between the countries exceeded $3 billion. Kazakhstan’s society is increasingly discussing the issue of closer cooperation and even almost unification with Turkey.
No agreement was signed, and that’s because it already was signed back in 2018.
Following the talks, the Kazakh military department discussed issues related to the implementation of the agreements reached earlier. In particular, the Agreement on Military Cooperation was signed in September 2018 during the official visit to Ankara of the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
According to General Akar, the parties agreed on the need to further expand military-technical cooperation between Kazakhstan and Turkey.
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