Today, the international summit “Turkestan is the Cradle of the Turkic World” of young leaders and activists of Turkic countries was organized by the Ministry of Information and Social Development with the support the International Turkic Academy in the city of Turkestan, the fatherland of the Turks.
At the opening ceremony of the event, President of the Senate of the Kazakhstan Parliament Maulen Aşimbayev, Minister of Information and Social Development Aida Balayeva, President of the International Turkic Academy Darkhan Kydyrali, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic Speaking Countries (TÜRKPA) Altynbek Mamayusupov, Deputy Secretary General of the Turkic Council Sultan Rayev made speeches.
More than 300 online and offline representatives from Turkish-speaking countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Russian Federation and Hungary, attended the meeting, which was held within the framework of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan..
Speaking at the meeting, President of the Senate Maulen Ashimbayev noted that Turkestan has become a modern and beautiful city in recent years due to Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev’s historic decision and President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev’s special interest in the development of the city. In his video message, Maulen Ashimbayev said, “A new image of old Turkestan is being formed now. This success of the city is the result of the decision of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev. Three years ago, Elbasy signed a historic decree on the establishment of the Turkestan region. Then the city began to revive. Kazakhstan President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev pays special attention to the development of Turkestan. The declaration of Turkistan as the “spiritual capital of the Turkic World” at the spring summit of Turkic speaking states is a vivid example of this.”
Taking the floor, Minister of Information and Social Development Aida Balayeva noted that fraternal ties between Turkic countries are getting stronger. In his speech, the Minister stated that the development of cooperation between the youth of neighboring countries through such large-scale events is always the focus. Balayeva said “The mutual cooperation and friendship of our youth, joint ventures and projects are the only guarantees of further strengthening of ties between our countries. The deep development of cooperation in youth policy has always been a priority. To this end, we recently held a strategic session with Turkey on youth policy. In the fruitful meeting, we discussed current issues common to both countries and agreed to exchange experiences in the field of volunteering, social support of the Youth Resource Centers. This kind of strategic sessions are planned to be held with all other Turkic states. I also hope that the allocation of 50 scholarships bearing the name of Yasavi to the youth of the sister countries will give a new impetus to the expansion of the field of culture and education, and will take the cooperation in the field of education to a new level. In this context, we invite young scientists from Turkic countries to cooperate and work together in this and other research projects. Such steps will raise scientific ties through young scientists to a new level and pave the way for the widespread dissemination of our common history in our countries.”
The President of the International Turkic Academy, Darkhan Kydyrali, emphasized the importance of the meeting that encourages the youth and said that the Academy started to fulfill the instructions given by President Tokayev at the Turkic Council Unofficial Summit in March. Reminding that the Academy undertook the archaeological research in the Turkestan region, the creation of the “International Encyclopedia of Turkestan” and the development of the “Turkestan Collection” in 10 volumes, Kydyrali also added that since the beginning of the year, a series of international events have been organized within the framework of the anniversaries of important names of the Turkic World such as Nizami, Navoi, Yunus Emre, İsmail Gaspıralı, Mustafa Çokay and Jambıl.
After the opening ceremony, the participants of the youth summit visited the library of Ahmet Yasavi International Kazakh-Turkish University and held seminars in various thematic areas. A number of youth organizations from neighboring countries signed memoranda of understanding and agreed to establish partnerships.
In addition, an exhibition of paintings dedicated to the sacred places of the Turkic World and a book exhibition on “Leading Names of the Turkic World” were held within the framework of the summit.