Kazakh president arrives in Istanbul to attend summit
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.15 / Trend S. Suleymanov /
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived in Istanbul today to attend the two-day, tenth anniversary summit of the heads of Turkic-speaking countries.
"The summit will establish the Business Council of Turkic-Speaking States," Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov told Trend today. "We will also open the Council of Heads of Turkic-Speaking States, Council of Foreign Ministers of Turkic-Speaking States, Committee of Senior Officials of Turkic-Speaking States, Council of Elders of Turkic-Speaking States, and the Secretariat of Turkic-Speaking States."
According to Nazarbayev, the Council of Elders of Turkic-Speaking States will include the "most respectable and distinguished" representatives of each of the member countries.
The Secretariat of Turkic-Speaking States will be headquartered in Istanbul in a number of historic buildings, the Ankara news agency reported.
"Views will also be broadly shared on the Turkic Peace Academy, which opened on Nazarbayev's initiative in Astana in May 2010," Omarov said. "The summit is also expected to adopt a declaration signed by the heads of Turkic-speaking countries."
The first summit of the head of Turkic-speaking countries was held in 1992 in Ankara.
The last summit was held in Nakhichivan (Azerbaijan) in 2009 where the participants agreed to establish the Council of Business Cooperation of Turkic-Speaking States.