Azerbaijan, Baku, August 16 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/
The strengthening of cooperation between the Turkic speaking states is an important step towards the development of the Asian region, Turkish president Abdullah Gul said during his speech on Friday at the summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States held in Azerbaijani city of Gabala.
"Turkic speaking countries support each other on the world arena and enjoy each other's successes. Today we must even further strengthen support and unite our efforts. For that purpose, the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking Countries exists," Turkish President said.
According to Gul, the Turkic world plays an important role in the whole world, and exactly because of this the countries should coordinate their efforts for development of the Turkic world.
The Turkic speaking countries have not only common language, history, culture and religion, but also a common will to strengthen the future of the Turkic world.
The third summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States started its work on Friday in Azerbaijani city of Gabala.
The summit's work is attended by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Turkey Abdullah Gul, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The main discussion topic at the third Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States should be the issues of cooperation in transport sphere and simplification of customs procedures.
The discussion of issues related to the further development of cooperation between the organization's member countries will be also held during the event.
It is also expected that during the upcoming meeting Kyrgyzstan will pass on the council's chairmanship to Azerbaijan.
A meeting of foreign ministers of the Turkic speaking states was held on the eve of the summit in Gabala. The summit's agenda and cooperation prospects within the organization were discussed during the meeting.
The Council was established in 2009 by the Member States - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey - with a purpose to make a joint contribution to peace and stability in Eurasia. The organization's secretariat is located in Istanbul.
The city of Gabala is situated in the north of Azerbaijan, 220 kilometres away from country's capital Baku.
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