Turkey's top lawmaker: 'Huge' progress in Uzbek ties

By Bahtiyar Abdukerimov

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AA) – Relations between Ankara and Tashkent have made a "huge" progress since Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power in 2016, Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim said Monday.

"Bilateral relations have made a huge progress in the last two years after Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office as president," Yildirim said during a meeting with Nuriddinjon Ismailov, the speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan's Supreme Assembly, in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.

Yildirim added it was high time to boost bilateral relations in every field and increase cooperation between the parliaments.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Uzbekistan in November 2016, and Mirziyoyev paid an official visit to Turkey in 2017 which saw the signing of dozens of agreements in several areas between two nations.

Ismailov, for his part, said the bilateral relations have developed rapidly in the recent years.

Yildirim also met Uzbek Senate Chairman Nigmatilla Yuldashev. He is expected to be received by Mirziyoyev.

During his stay, Yildirim is also set to visit the Uzbek cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.