Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 24 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Turkic diaspora communication centres must be established abroad, Secretary General of the Council Halil Akinci said at the first meeting of ministers dealing with the diaspora's affairs and heads of organisations of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking countries in Baku on Thursday.
"These centres must resolve the common problems of Turkic diaspora organisations and inform the leadership of the countries they represent about disturbing issues," he said.
It is necessary to ensure the Turkic diaspora organisations' single policy, Akinci said. He also invited heads of the Turkic diaspora organisations to agree to hold a summit.
Turkic Diaspora are operating in all parts of the world and the coordination of their activity must be aimed at preventing anti-Turkic propaganda, improving the image of Turks in the world, Secretary General of the Council said.
Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov spoke at the event and stressed that closer ties must be established to coordinate Turkic-speaking countries' activity. At present, the Turkish and Azerbaijani Diasporas are cooperating very closely. It is important for other Turkic-speaking countries to join this activity, he said.
"We can achieve the resolution of any problem by joint activity," Ibrahimov said.
He said that the Azerbaijani diaspora is ready to make all necessary efforts for the development of the diaspora organisations of Turkic-speaking countries. This will create conditions for their integration.
Deputy Chairman of the World Association of Kazakhs Talgat Mamashev said that a third of ethnic Kazakhs live outside Kazakhstan. Kazakhs live in over 40 countries and most of them live in China (1.5 million), Uzbekistan (1.5 million), Russia (1 million) and Mongolia (150,000).
Director of the Employment and Migration Department of the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry Keshtakbek Aitmatov said that many Kyrgyz people live in Azerbaijan.
"Our goal is their unity which would contribute to the development of relations between the two countries in the sphere of tourism and culture," Aitmatov said.
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