Member states of the Turkic Council participated in an informal online summit at the initiative of Kazakhstan on March 31, 2021. The informal summit held the theme “Turkistan – Spiritual Capital of the Turkic World”.
The summit was opened and moderated by the Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and was attended by the First President of Kazakhstan – Honorary Chairman of the Turkic Council, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Uzbek leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for Turkic Speaking States Baghdad Amreyev.
As the moderator of the Summit, President Tokayev gave the first word to Nursultan Nazarbayev, and then gave space to all the participants to speak in alphabetical order.
In his opening statement Nazarbayev emphasised the role of the Latin alphabet for the Turkic world.
“Along with humanitarian and cultural development, we can learn a lot from each other. The use of the Latin alphabet gives us a common system, thanks to which we get the opportunity to contribute to the development of our youth at the global level. It is important for us to develop together,” he said.
He also proposed to raise the level of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States to the level of the Organization.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said 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.
He added that the Council aims to turn the Turkic world into a strategically important economic and cultural region in the world.
President Tokayev 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. Meanwhile, in this difficult period, states need to jointly seek new impulses to strengthen relations.