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Turkey Pursues a Reset with Uzbekistan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a press conference at Ankara’s Esenboğa International Airport on November 16 before his visits to Pakistan and Uzbekistan. Erdogan, who is accompanied on his tour by a large delegation of Turkish cabinet ministers, members of parliament and representatives of major businesses, told reporters that he wants to “open a new page in ties with our Uzbek brothers.” (Photo: Turkish Presidential Press Service)

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, arrived for a two-day visit to Uzbekistan on November 17 in a diplomatic overture that aims to undo more than a decade of frostiness.
 
Erdogan was due to open his trip with a visit to Samarkand, where he planned to visit the grave of the late Uzbek leader, Islam Karimov. But observers’ attention will be fixed mainly on his meeting with Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for what Uzbek media have said will be an exchange of views on regional and international issues.
 
The history of relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey since the Soviet Union’s collapse has veered between the sublime and the disastrous.
 
It all started well.
 

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