By Abdul Kerimkhanov
Turkic Council is an organization dedicated to strengthening peace and stability, promoting wide-ranging cooperation and disclosing the potential for common development among its member states.
By promoting deeper relations and solidarity among Turkic speaking countries, it aims to serve as a new regional instrument for advancing international cooperation in Eurasian continent, particularly in Central Asia and Caucasus.
Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov has received a delegation led by Baghdad Amreyev, the Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Council.
Noting that Azerbaijan is one of the founders of the Turkic Council, Mammadyarov said that support is currently being provided to expand cooperation of this structure with other international organizations.
Stressing that Azerbaijan renders great assistance to the Council’s activities, he spoke about the appropriate preparatory measures in connection with the holding of the Turkic Council summit in late October this year.
In turn, Amreyev noted that he appreciates the efforts of Azerbaijan to achieve the further development of the Turkic Council.
During the meeting, the parties discussed in detail the preparations for the upcoming Council summit in Baku.
At the end of the meeting, Mammadyarov presented Amreyev, as well as his deputies Gismat Gozalov and Omer Kocaman anniversary medals on the occasion of the "100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan diplomatic service."
The Turkic Council was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organization, with the overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic-speaking states. Its four founding member states are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.
The Turkic Council is committed to the purpose and principles of the Charter of the United Nations (UN) and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law, including sovereign equality, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states, as well as the maintenance of international peace, security and development of good-neighborly and friendly relations.
Constructed on four main pillars of common history, common language, common identity and common culture, the Turkic Council does not limit itself to the confines of these commonalities. Rather, it aims to broaden the existing bilateral cooperation areas such as economy, science, education, transportation, customs, tourism and other various fields among the member states into multilateral cooperation for the benefit of the region.
At the same time, the Turkic Council does not limit itself within the frames of its member states and willingly cooperates with its neighboring states in order to ensure peace and stability in its region, particularly in the fields such as transport, customs and tourism.
Since 2011, the Turkic Council convenes its annual summits under certain topics, where the heads of state of the Turkic Council evaluate the past period and set goals for the next year.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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