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VI Summit of the Turkic Council has started

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The VI Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States has started in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, who opened the summit, wished success to the participants of the meeting and handed over the Chairmanship of the Council to the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban are taking part in the 6th Summit of the Turkic Council.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev officially opened the work of the Summit: "I am very pleased to meet you in the long-awaited summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States. First of all, we would like to express our special gratitude to Kyrgyz people and their President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, who are welcoming us in Cholpon-Ata located on the shore of Kyrgyz pearl - the Issyk-Kul lake. We also welcome the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. I would like to emphasize that today's meeting is attended by Mr.Viktor Orban the Prime Minister of Hungary – the country of the Turkic origin. The arrival of today's important guests shows that the scope of the Turkic Council has expanded and its significance has increased. I am confident that our cooperation and brotherly ties will continue to grow thanks to the agreements and decisions reached at the Summit." Nursultan Nazarbayev also handed over the Chairmanship of the Council to the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov thanked Kazakhstan for leading the Turkic Council for several years. "First of all, I would like to express my special gratitude to Kazakhstan and the distinguished Nursultan Abishevich for their successful chairmanship in the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States. During this time Kazakhstan has done a great job of honoring the Turkic Council and implementing important agreements between the member states. We are sincerely grateful to Kazakhstan for its work," the President of Kyrgyzstan said.

S. Zheenbekov also noted that this summit is held in a different format. According to him, the visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban has shown that the scope of the Council is expanding. "I appreciate and support the efforts of the Republic of Uzbekistan to join the Turkic Council. This step will create a favorable environment for the expansion of the Turkic Council and its reputation in the international arena. I hope that the accession of Uzbekistan will give a new impetus to the organization and will bring many improvements. We are delighted that Hungary, which is located in the center of Europe, remembers its Turkic origin and has established friendly relations with brotherly people, and shows respect to their cultures and traditions. Today, Hungary will receive the status of observer state in the Turkic Council," S. Jeenbekov said.

In addition, the President of Kyrgyzstan told Turkmenistan that the doors of the Turkic Council were always open.

Recall that the Turkic Council was established at the 9th Summit of Heads of Turkic-speaking states in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan, on October 3, 2009 by the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The Council includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. The first summit was held in Almaty in 2011, the second summit in Bishkek, the third summit in Gabala (Azerbaijan) and the fourth summit in Bodrum (Turkey), the fifth summit was held in Astana. The Turkic Council is represented by TURKSOY, the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries (TÚRKPA), the International Turkic Academy (TWESCO) and the Miras Turkic Cultural Foundation.


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Ахмет Биржан Ержиласун
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