Secretary General: Turkic-speaking states to strengthen cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres

Politics Materials 16 August 2013 14:30 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Gabala, Aug. 16 / Trend A.Badalova /

A commission on cooperation in the field of tourism will be established in the framework of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, Secretary General of the Council Khalil Akynchy told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

In addition he said, the meetings held during the summit discussed issues of cooperation in the areas of health, education, sports and culture as well as the establishment of the Turkic Academy.

"Alongside, transportation and economic projects along with those in the trucking industry were discussed," Akynchy said.

According to him, a truck moves from Asia to Turkey at a speed of 17 kilometres per hour, which is slow. This is caused by those long procedures that the truck has to go through at checkpoints in these countries.

"We intend to reduce these procedures to increase the speed of freight between the Turkic-speaking countries," Akynchy said.

He also noted that the scope of the Diasporas' activities is also of great interest for the member states of the Cooperation Council.

The third Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States was held in Azerbaijani city of Gabala on Aug. 16.

It was 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 topic of discussion was issues of cooperation in the transport sphere and simplification of customs procedures.

The discussions also focused on further development of cooperation between the organisation's member countries.

A meeting of foreign ministers of the Turkic speaking states was held on the eve of the summit. The summit's agenda and cooperation prospects within the organisation were discussed there.