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KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Bernama) -- The Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, also known as the Turkic Council, aim to turn the Turkic speaking belt into a strategically important economic and cultural region of the world.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan said this during a virtual informal summit of the council on Wednesday with the theme “Turkistan – Spiritual Capital of the Turkic World”.
The Council wants to introduce the world to its heritage and Turkestan, a historical city located in Kazakhstan, which on the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was radically transformed and acquired a new look, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Kazakhstan.
Tokayev who is also moderator to the online summit noted that despite the fact that the whole world is struggling with unprecedented challenges, the cooperation of the Turkic Speaking states did not slow down, adding that in this difficult period states need to jointly seek new impulses to strengthen relations.
The one-day informal summit was also attended by the First President of Kazakhstan – Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Kyrgyzstan President Sadyr Japarov, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for Turkic Speaking States Baghdad Amreyev.
Speaking on the global COVID-19 pandemic, Tokayev said that the international community acted in a fragmented manner in fight against the pandemic.
The Kazakh President insisted that problems of healthcare and biosafety were of particular relevance in the current situation.
He also noted the need to speed up the work on the creation of the Turkic Investment and Integration Fund, which is the first joint financial institution of the Turkic Speaking states, with Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) to be the headquarters.
President Tokayev emphasised the import of AIFC as a platform that combines the best experience of the international financial institutions and modern tools.
During the summit, leaders of the member states discussed ways and plans to develop the cooperation in terms of trade, economy, culture, and humanitarian issues.
The Turkic Council which was established on the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2009 has five member states including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, along with Hungary which is the an observer state.