ANKARA—Organizational leaders from member countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States met in Ankara and signed a joint action strategy agreement to coordinate activities, reported the Azeri Trend news agency on Wednesday.
The second such gathering, the meeting was chaired by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, who is charged with representing Turks living abroad, was attended by the heads of Turkic organizations in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee, Valekh Hajiyev, represented Azerbaijan at the meeting.
The meeting stressed the importance of a “Strategy of joint activities of ‘Diaspora’ organizations of Turkic states”. The head of the Department for Turks abroad and related communities Kemal Yurtnac highlighted the importance of the meeting claiming that its results 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 as one “diaspora” to solve “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.
Bozdag, stressing the importance of the meeting, said the joint activities of communities abroad play an important role in resolution of many problems.
He noted that the Turkic Republics should make inter-republic relations 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 actions strategy agreement.
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.