The VII Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) was held in Baku, the capital of the Turkic world.
This summit is timed to the 10th anniversary of the historic Nakhchivan agreement, signed in Azerbaijan. Another significant event of the Summit is unanimous granting the status of the Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Leader of the Nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was at the forefront of the Turkic integration. In addition, the Republic of Uzbekistan became a full member of the Turkic Council.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister of Hungary – owner of the observer state status – Victor Orban and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkmenistan as a guest of the Summit, Purli Agamuradov took part in the anniversary Summit.
At the same time, the summit was attended by heads of all institutional structures within the Turkic integration, including the President of the International Turkic Academy Darkhan Kydyrali. As the Summit is also dedicated to the issues of SME support, heads of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Member States were invited to the event.
Opening the summit, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev thanked the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbayi Jeenbekov for his successful chairmanship in the Council and the Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban, who supported the expansion of the Turkic-speaking countries’ integration into Europe. He also congratulated his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on his joining the Turkic Council. “Last month, the office of the Turkic Council in Budapest has started its work, and I hope that this office will give impetus to our relations with European countries and organizations in the region,” he said.
After that the chairman of the Turkic Council, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov summed up the work implemented. The 10-year anniversary of the Turkic Council was marked by the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev: “Kyrgyzstan has done a huge work with Arab countries in receiving the observer status by the Turkic Council in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and now the secretariat should continue to work in this direction. Moreover, Osh was declared the cultural capital of the Turkic world. Osh International events such as “Ethnocultural Festival of the Turkic World”, “Ancient Osh – Center of Civilization” were held within the framework of this initiative. I express my deep gratitude to everyone who supported these events,” he said.
President Ilham Aliyev, who has taken over the chairmanship of the Turkic Council, said that he supports the idea of rebuilding the Great Silk Road, focusing on the improvement of economic ties between the fraternal countries. “As a reliable transit state, Azerbaijan will continue to support the export of goods to all the Turkic countries on the world market,” he said.
In conclusion, the new Chairman of the Turkic Council solemnly handed over the Honorary Order of the Turkic World to the First President of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation N.Nazarbayev.
President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and all Uzbek people on their full membership in the Turkic Council. “The membership of Uzbekistan in the Council is a historic and long-awaited event for the entire Turkic-speaking community,” the President said.
In his speech, Nursultan Nazarbayev highlighted the history of the establishment of the Turkic Council and pointed out main achievements of the first decade: “We have achieved great success during these ten years. First of all, we have proved the relevance of the organization both globally and within our region. Secondly, the Council has been expanded due to Uzbekistan and Hungary. This is a new page in our joint history. And third, our countries have developed a serious institutional architecture. Fourthly, political and economic reputation is growing at regional and international levels. Fifth, the concept of integration of the Turkic world was adopted,” said N.Nazarbayev.
N.A.Nazarbayev proposed to develop the program of “Turkic Perspective – 2040” in order to further deepen the Turkic cooperation, which has undergone 10 years of development and raised to a new stage. This will be an important document that defines the strategic development of the Turkic world. According to him, this document should include the long-term goals and ways of reaching the Turkic-speaking community.
At the second suggestion of the Head of State, it is time to raise the status of a Council to the level of the Organization. He said that it could be called the “The Turkic States Organization”.
In his turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he highly appreciated work and wise ideas of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in rapprochement of brotherly people.
“Dear brothers, we are witnessing the growing influence of the Turkic Council in the world and we hope that the Council will strengthen partnerships with other international organizations. In particular, the Turkic Council has received the observer status for the UN General Assembly and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation,” said President of Turkey.
In conclusion, he suggested holding the next summit in Turkey and expressed hope that the Republic of Turkmenistan would become a full member of the Council.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev also noted remarkable contribution of Nursultan Nazarbayev to the development of fraternal ties and congratulated him on his high appointment as the Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council.
“Dear participants of the summit, we consider cultural and humanitarian contacts as a key element of further development of cooperation between our countries. All of us deeply respect such great figures of the Turkic world as Yunus Emre, Alisher Navai, Fuzuli, Makhtymkuly, Abay. In this regard, I propose to publish books in own language of our countries in the series of “100 volumes of Turkic literature brilliants”, which should include the most prominent literary works of the Council’s member states,” said the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He also noted that they were ready to become a member of the International Turkic Academy.
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, owner of the observer status at the Turkic Council as well as at the International Turkic Academy, noted that cooperation in the field of education was well-established. According to him, the government of Hungary assigns 725 scholarships to students from the member states of the Turkic Council. The Prime Minister said that he is ready to further increase this figure.
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkmenistan Purli Agamuradov, who attended the Summit, spoke about the importance of cultural diplomacy between the brotherly countries.
In turn, the Secretary General of the Turkic Council, Bagdat Amreev, presented the report of the Secretariat to the Heads of State.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev concluded the Summit and invited the Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council and the Heads of State to a special dinner.
The high-level meeting continued with a concert program.