Recep Erdogan convened on November 12, at the eighth summit of the Turkish Council, the presidents of Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, Kazakhstan – Kasim-Jomart Tokaev, Kyrgyzstan – Sadir Japarov, Uzbekistan – Shavkat Mirziyoym Gorkov, Turkmenistan.
The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, was also present as a guest. It should be noted that the President of Turkmenistan came to the summit for the first time (which contradicts his political line of avoiding participating in foreign policy alliances).
The Turkish Council was founded on October 3, 2009 by the Nahicevan Agreement, signed by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey to promote cooperation between Turkish-speaking states.
The organization expanded in 2018, including Uzbekistan as a full member state and Hungary as an observer state. Hungary and Turkmenistan now intend to become full-fledged states, writes Daily Sabah.
The theme of the summit: “Green technologies and smart cities in the digital age”. However, much more important issues have been resolved – a global concept has been presented: “The vision of the Turkish world for the period up to 2040”.
“This document will show that our horizon is not limited to member countries, it will be a manifestation of our will to spread peace, tranquility and prosperity throughout our region,” Erdoğan was quoted as saying by the Turkish press. The Turkish president also said that member states would change the name from “Turkish Council” to “Organization of Turkish States”, which in Turkey has already been called “United States of Turkey”.
Alternative to the Euro-Asian Economic Community
Trade in national currencies was called for and the status of “partner” and “observer” was defined. The potential of the new union is 300 million inhabitants and an economic potential that amounts to trillions of dollars.
In fact, an alternative to the Eurasian Economic Community and possibly the EU has been institutionalized, as evidenced by Hungary’s presence at the highest level.
At the end of the summit, the Istanbul Declaration was signed. The ideological basis for military cooperation was also laid. Thus, Erdoğan stated that the common fight against terrorist organizations should be one of the important items on the agenda.
“We are branches of the same tree. We will strengthen our international power and unity. “
“We are determined to continue the fight against all forms of terrorism, especially against evil centers such as the PKK-YPG, DAESH and FETO. We need to expand our cooperation in this regard, as well as in the misfortunes of our time such as Islamophobia and xenophobia. We must act together in the fight against destructive currents, “Erdoğan said.
In the opinion of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish-speaking countries must develop processes, not react to them. “This is only possible if there are some operational decision-making mechanisms,” the Turkish minister said.
“We are branches of the same tree. We will strengthen our international power and unity, “said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a meeting on Thursday with his Turkish counterparts.
During this meeting, Cavusoglu evoked an “important transformation”, which he presented as an “adaptation to the changing world”.
The next day, in front of his Turkish counterparts gathered on the Island of Democracy and Freedoms, a vast concrete complex in the Marmara Sea, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the future under the theme “Green technologies and smart cities in the digital age”. The Turkish leader announced the transformation into the Organization of Turkish States and the adoption of a “Vision of the Turkish world for the horizon 2040”.
Starting from the theme of the conference, Erdogan pledged that Turkey will make greater efforts to develop multilateral cooperation on climate change. The Turkish president urged his counterparts in the Organization of Turkish States to work together to address this global issue, but also others, such as terrorism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
“We are determined to continue the fight against all forms of terrorism. We must step up our cooperation in this regard, “Erdogan said, listing Kurdish fighters and their affiliates in Syria, the Islamic State and the movement of Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen as” terrorist enemies. “
“We must act together to combat destructive currents such as Islamophobia and xenophobia, which are the plague of our time,” he insisted.
Erdogan also spoke in favor of the accession of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the Organization of Turkish States. “I trust in your valuable support in reducing the isolation and embargo against the Cypriot Turks, who are an inseparable part of the Turkish world,” the Ankara leader said.
Speaking after Erdogan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev thanked Turkey for its support in its most recent war against Armenia for securing control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
In the autumn of last year, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, succeeding, with aid from Turkey, in conquering more than 300 localities in the region. Armenia was forced to capitulate even under pressure from its most important regional ally, Russia.
Window of opportunity
A window of opportunity has opened for the Turkish president, especially after Azerbaijan’s victory in the Karabakh war, the departure of the United States from Afghanistan and the emergence of China’s new initiative in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Ankara is actively active on the “three plus three” line in the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, plus Russia, Iran and Turkey) and in creating an area of influence up to the Black Sea – Balkans – Ukraine – Belarus – Poland.
What will happen if the leaders of the Turkish Muslim republics in the Russian Federation come to Erdogan at the next summit, the Moscow press wonders. After all, Erdoğan said that the bloc’s influence will extend not only to its members and that it is already working in Russia through its funds and investments.
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