Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 May / Trend, I. Izzet /
Ankara hosted the second meeting of Heads of Diaspora Organizations of Member Countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, the press service of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with the Diaspora told Trend.
The meeting, chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Department for Turks abroad and related communities Bekir Bozdag was attended by the heads of Diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. The first deputy chairman of the State Committee Valekh Hajiyev was representing Azerbaijan at the meeting.
The meeting stressed the importance of the "Strategy of joint activities of Diaspora organizations of Turkic states". The head of the Department for Turks abroad and related communities Kemal Yurtnac noted that this meeting is the most important among those conducted to date, and added that its value will become apparent in the coming years.
"In particular, we believe it is very important to take this step along with all the Turkic countries. I believe that Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan will join us," Yurtnac said.
In his speech, Valekh Hajiyev stressed the importance of combining the Turkic peoples in the sole Diaspora to solve the problems of the Turkic world.
Joint activities of the peoples will give them confidence, contribute to their promotion and help the Turkic peoples to take a different position in the future.
Hajiyev said the first Forum of Heads of Diaspora Organizations of Member Countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States was held in Baku as Azerbaijan also considers the issue important.
Bekir Bozdag, stressing the importance of the meeting, said the joint activities of Diasporas abroad play an important role in resolution of many problems.
He noted that the Turkic Republics should make the interconnections productive, calling to base the joint work on a common culture.
"As a government, we will do our best to support the work in this direction," Bozdag said.
Then, the member countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States signed a "Joint Action Startegy for Diaspora organizations of Turkic-Speaking Countries."
The program of the first Forum of Heads of Diaspora Organizations of Member Countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, which will be held on June 21 in Baku, was also discussed within the meeting. It was decided that the panel discussions in three directions - America, Canada; Europe; Asia and the CIS will be organized within the forum along with the general session.
Recall that the first meeting of Heads of Diaspora Organizations of Member Countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States was held on January 24-25 in Baku.