CMFA meeting held in Bishkek
September 2, 2018

The meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) was held on 2 September 2018 in Bishkek, within the framework of the 6th Summit of the Turkic Council and hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Erlan Abdyldaev.

The meeting were attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Ramiz Hasanov. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary H.E. Péter Szijjártó also attended the meeting as the guest.

The foreign ministers were presented the Turkic Council`s four-year activity report, including the implemented projects and the work undertaken since the last Fifth Summit took place in 2015 in Astana.

The Kyrgyz national writer and the Kyrgyz Member of the Council of Elders of the Turkic Council, Mr. Beksultan Zhakiev, Secretary General of TURKPA Mr. Altynbek Mamaiusupov, Secretary General of TURKSOY Dusen Kaseinov, President of the Turkic Academy Prof. Dr. Darkhan Kıdırali and the President of Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation Günay Afandiyeva took part in the meeting and provided information to the Council of Foreign Ministers about the activities of their institutions.

TURKPA Secretary General Altynbek Mamaiusupov informed the ministers on the last activities of the Assembly and pointed out basic aspects of its current work aimed at increasing efficiency of cooperation between the Turkic-speaking countries under the TURKPA’s umbrella. In his speech, Mr. Mamaiusupov underlined that as a parliamentary dimension of Turkic cooperation, TURKPA seeks to shape a proper legal and normative ground for the realization of projects, initiatives and undertakings of the Turkic cooperation bodies. In this regard, Secretary General informed the ministers on the work started by the Secretariat as regards an accumulation of expert potential in order to develop a model legislation that would provide the basis for the Turkic integration.

At the meeting, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs has signed the various complementary documents of the Turkic Academy and Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, as well as the decision on observer status of Hungary to the Turkic Academy. The Ministers finalized the relevant documents and the Summit Declaration to be signed by the Presidents of the Member States at the Heads of State Council to be held on 3 September. During the meeting, the Foreign Ministers also discussed the steps to be taken to increase the existing cooperation between the Turkic Speaking States. The Ministers, wishing to the Kyrgyz side success for the Third World Nomad Games to be started at Issyk-Kul this evening, emphasized the importance of promoting traditional sports. The Ministers noted also the importance of strengthening existing cooperation in the fields of transport, economy, trade and tourism between the Turkic states. The participants also emphasized the necessity of deepening regional and inter-regional cooperation and expressed their satisfaction in the development of the relations between Hungary and the Turkic Council, which have common cultural and historical ties with the Turkic States.

The promotional film of the Turkic Council Modern Silk Road Joint Tour Package, prepared by TRT Avaz and the Secretariat, was demonstrated to the participants at end of the meeting. The Modern Silk Road Joint Tour Package Project, which aims to unite the member states of the Turkic Council for the first time in a joint tour and introduce the rich cultural and historical heritage along the Silk Road to the Turkic people and to the whole world, has started to operate in 2018. In this context, the Ministers expressed their satisfaction with the current status of the project and declared that they will continue to support the project to increase its attractiveness to a wider audience.