Azerbaijani deputy minister: Turkic Council states signed documents to ensure its full activity
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 14
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Following the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Turkic Council countries, documents were signed that will provide conditions for the organization’s full activity, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ramiz Hasanov said at a press conference in Baku following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic Speaking States (CCTS-Turkic Council), Trend reports Oct. 14.
“Important issues were discussed at the meeting,” Hasanov noted. “The significance of this meeting is that Uzbekistan has become a member of the organization.”
Azerbaijan’s deputy foreign minister added that such meetings serve to further strengthening of cooperation within the organization.
Deepening cooperation in all areas is an important issue, Hasanov noted.
The deputy minister added that opening the representative office of the Turkic Council in Hungary is a significant event and expressed hope that this will provide opportunities for strengthening ties between the Turkic Council and the EU.
On Oct. 3, 2009, at the summit in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, it was announced about the creation of a new organization, and its activity principles are reflected in the Istanbul Declaration of Sept. 16, 2010.
At the first stage, the Turkic Council included Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
On Sept. 14, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ratified the Nakhchivan agreement on the establishment of the Cooperation Council for Turkic Speaking states.
The structures of the Turkic Council include the Secretariat in Istanbul, the Council of Presidents, the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Committee of Senior Officials, the Council of Elders of Turkic Speaking States, the Parliamentary Assembly (TURKPA) in Baku, the International Turkic Academy in Nur Sultan city and the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) in Ankara.
Over the entire existence period of the organization, six meetings of leaders of the member countries of the Turkic Council took place.
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