With Asia Anew policy initiative, Turkey prioritizes ties with Asian countries, says Turkish foreign minister
Turkey has prioritized relations with Central Asia and other Asian countries with its Asia Anew initiative, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“With our ‘Asia Anew’ policy which we announced last year, we prioritized our relations with both our brotherly Central Asia and other regions of rising Asia,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during the opening ceremony of the International Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Turkish-Kazakh University’s academic year via video link.
Cavusoglu underlined that enhancing relations with Central Asian countries was a “national policy.”
Stressing that Turkey’s trade volume with the region had reached approximately $8.5 billion in 2019, he said Turkish companies and contractors continued their activities in the region.
He added that the presence of Ahmet Yesevi University in the Turkish capital Ankara reflected the friendship between Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Turkey-Kazakhstan cooperation was built on strong foundations thanks to the sincere relations between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kazakhstan’s Founding President Nursultan Nazarbayev, he added.