Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Turkish summit that it has become “much more critical” for member states to strengthen cooperation and solidarity in all areas amid a sensitive period.
Turkey is doing “everything possible” to end the conflict in Ukraine as well as to prevent a food crisis, the Turkish president told the Turkish summit in Uzbekistan.
“We are doing everything we can to end the conflicts, through a just peace, which have been going on for nine months in Ukraine. In doing so, we are making the necessary interventions to prevent the food crisis,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his speech. Friday.
Member states are going through a sensitive period “with risks but also opportunities for our countries”, Erdogan said, before adding: “During this period, we see that it has become much more critical for us to strengthen cooperation, solidarity and harmony in all areas.”
Erdogan also announced that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had been accepted as an observer state in the organization, adding that “we have contributed to the solution process by showing that our Cypriot brothers, who are an integral part of the Turkish world, are not alone.”
On the second anniversary of Azerbaijan’s victory in Karabakh, the president reiterated Ankara’s support for Baku.
“The peace process in the South Caucasus still remains fragile despite all of Azerbaijan’s attempts,” he said.
“We stand with Azerbaijan in its pursuit of peace as well as in its struggles.”
Erdogan urged Turkish states to expand their cooperation in preventing and managing irregular migration, pointing out that Turkey is the country that has hosted the most refugees in the world since 2014.
“It would be appropriate for us to develop a common security concept and continue the meetings of the secretaries of the security council,” he added.
He also said that a fund should be set up by the Organization of Turkish States to enhance cooperation.
“It would be beneficial to set up the Turkish Investment Fund as soon as possible. I believe that the financial opportunities provided by the fund will strengthen our cooperation and accelerate our activities,” Erdogan said.
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The summit is held under the slogan “A New Era of Turkish Civilization: On the Path of Common Development and Prosperity”.
Meeting participants plan to discuss economic cooperation issues and the current international agenda.
Turkey will hand over the chairmanship to Uzbekistan and the Samarkand Declaration will be adopted as part of the event.
The Organization of Turkic States is an interstate bloc created with the aim of expanding cooperation between Turkic-speaking countries in the fields of politics, economy, science, education, transport and tourism.
Members of the organization are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
Hungary and Turkmenistan have observer status with the organization.
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Source: TRTWorld and agencies