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Solo meeting of Presidents of Turkey and Kyrgyzstan lasts hour and a half

The conversation between the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov and the head of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan lasted an hour and a half. The Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Turkey Ibragim Dzhunusov told journalists what the leaders of the two countries talked about.

Many issues were raised at the meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ministers and deputies participated in the bilateral negotiations. Personal meeting took place in one-on-one format.

The President of Kyrgyzstan invited his Turkish colleague to attend the World Nomad Games. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the invitation and promised to come with his family.

The parties agreed to open an additional consular department in Antalya. Officially, there were 15,000 Kyrgyz citizens in Turkey. But from April till October, their number increased to 25,000 people. Most of them live in Antalya.

During the visit, the leaders talked a lot about FETO. However, during the statement to the press, Sooronbai Jeenbekov avoided this issue.

«We have been working for two years on this issue. If someone is in Kyrgyzstan, we are informed about this. We write notes to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. We work and we will work. If they have not spared Turkey, they will not spare us. We will fight with them to the end. But we need legal facts, names, court decisions for that,» Ibragim Dzhunusov said.

Kyrgyzstan supports the educational foundation Maarif and hopes to obtain licenses for the opening of lyceums.

«It’s hard to tell whether Maarif will replace Sapat lyceums. They want to open lyceums. It all depends on how they will show themselves,» Ibragim Dzhunusov said.

The ambassador added that the Kyrgyz and Turkish sides are working closely in the fight against FETO. However, he could not voice any details for security reasons.

Recall, in the summer of 2016, Turkey raised the issue of the closure of Kyrgyz-Turkish lyceums, which allegedly have to do with Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States.

The president of the Kyrgyz Republic said at a press conference in December 2016 that the Ministry of Education would become the founder of Sebat. Then he said that the schools would be renamed into Sapat, but they would not be closed.