A New Beginning for Turkic world: Op-ed

The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, known in short as the Turkic Council, is about to undergo a breakthrough in its journey. The Turkic Council Heads of State Summit will take place tomorrow in Istanbul and significant decisions for the future of the Turkic world are expected to be taken.  

In the last two to three years, the Turkic Council has marked a remarkable milestone with a strong record of achievements. It has demonstrated the capacity to successfully fulfill its mandate, which was given to it more than a decade ago in Nakhchivan by the founding member states --Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. 

Enlarged by granting observer status to Hungary in 2018 and the joining of Uzbekistan as a full member in 2019, the Turkic Council is looking forward to seeing Turkmenistan formally integrated into Turkic cooperation at the summit in Istanbul. 

The Turkic world has gained more attention in regional and international politics in recent years. The clear indication of this interest is that around 15 countries have sought observer status at the Turkic Council. The role of Turkey is growing not only in regional politics but also in the international arena. The spectacular victory of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh war and the liberation of its occupied lands have changed world politics dramatically. Traditionally, Kazakhstan is playing a critical role in regional politics, while Uzbekistan is getting stronger with its population and economy. On the other hand, Kyrgyzstan is gaining stability with its new government, while Hungary is bringing the Turkic world to the West. In short, our countries achieved many successes in recent years. 

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