(Turkish Press) - Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul will leave for Kazakhstan on Friday to attend the Second Heads of State Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on June 17th.
During his stay in Kazakhstan, Gul will be received by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He is also scheduled to hold several bilateral meetings.
Later, Gul will proceed to Azerbaijan to attend the 33rd meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) between June 19th and 21st, reports Trend.
CICA process was initiated upon a call by President Nazarbayev during the 47th General Assembly meetings of the United Nations in 1992.
A working group was established in 1995 and the first meeting was held in 1999 with the participation of foreign ministers.
The first heads of state and government summit of CICA was held in Almaty between June 3rd and 5th, 2002. Besides leaders of 15 member countries, representatives of several countries and international organizations were also in attendance at the summit.
The second meeting of CICA foreign ministers took place in Almaty in 2004.
CICA has currently 17 members: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People's Republic of China, Palestine, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand and Turkey.
Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States and Vietnam are the observer countries.
The United Nations extends support to the CICA as a regional movement of cooperation and security.
During the first summit meeting, the leaders agreed to hold summit once in every four years while the foreign ministers are to meet once in every two years. There are also provisions allowing for organization of special meetings and summits at the consensus at other times. The committee of senior officials will keep up the organizational work and will meet annually.