Azerbaijani official: TurkPA demonstrates Turkic solidarity
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 20 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries (TurkPA) is an example of the solidarity felt by Turkic states, head of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Administration Safa Mirzoyev told Trend today.
"We used to dream about a unity of Turkic-speaking countries," he said. "Now we have realized this dream. In addition to cooperation within the TurkPA, Turkic-speaking countries should also strengthen bilateral cooperation."
Mirzoyev, Turkish Parliamentary Secretary General Sadettin Kalkan and Deputy Chief of the Kazakh Senate Murat Nurtleuov paid respects to Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev and laid a wreath at his tomb.
Kalkan said Turkic-speaking countries should cooperate for the sake of the entire Turkic world.
In turn, Nurtleuov noted the need to strengthen cooperation within TurkPA.
TurkPA was established on Nov. 21, 2008 under an agreement signed by the Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Turkish parliamentary speakers in Istanbul.
Baku hosted the first TurkPA plenary meeting on Sept. 29, 2009.
The assembly's secretariat is located in Baku and has the status of an international organization.
TurkPA's goal is to support Turkic-speaking countries in international organizations, as well as to help them share their experiences in legislative processes. The assembly also aims to preserve language, culture and history in Turkic-speaking countries, and to further strengthen political, economic and cultural ties between member countries.
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