November 11, 2022
Members of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) should develop a common security concept and increase their cooperation when it comes to preventing and managing irregular migration, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday.
Speaking at the ninth OTS leaders’ summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Erdoğan said: “We are going through a sensitive period that bears opportunities as well as risks for our countries….”
Türkiye led the summit of Central Asian countries, aiming to strengthen economic ties with the region’s resource-rich ex-Soviet states while Moscow is distracted by the war in Ukraine.
Erdoğan presided over the OTS summit in Uzbekistan’s historic city of Samarkand.
The members of the organization are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Türkiye, and Uzbekistan. Hungary and Turkmenistan have observer status in the organization.
The group could expand further if isolated Turkmenistan becomes a fully-fledged member – an expansion announced by Türkiye’s Foreign Ministry….
If Turkmenistan does join, the union set up in 2009 will incorporate all the Central Asian countries that speak languages in the Turkic group.
The group last year dropped its former name, the Turkic Council, in favor of the Organization of Turkic States.
The summit took place under the slogan “A new era of Turkic civilization: On the way to common development and prosperity.”
Ankara has for several years been pushing for closer cultural, linguistic and religious ties with several ex-Soviet countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
This is Erdoğan’s third trip to the region in less than two months.
On the second anniversary of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh victory, the president reiterated Ankara’s support to Baku.
Türkiye was a key backer of Azerbaijan during the 44-day Karabakh War between Azerbaijan and Armenia that erupted on Sept. 27, 2020….
On another note, the president also touched upon Türkiye’s efforts to end the war in Ukraine and said: “Türkiye is making every effort to end the conflict going on for nine months in Ukraine….”
Supreme Order of Turkic World
Erdoğan also received the Supreme Order of the Turkic World award in Uzbekistan in recognition of his services to better the world of his Turkic brethren.
“As the Turkic world, we are stronger today than yesterday,” Erdoğan said after receiving the honor, adding that the OTS has turned into an international organization that is taking “firm steps” towards the future.
He also congratulated Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban for his country serving as a bridge between Europe and the Turkic world with their observer member status in the group….
He also urged to strengthen transport ties by building the infrastructure and developing capabilities of the Trans-Caspian corridor – the route running via the Caspian Sea.
Mirziyoyev expressed gratitude for the designation of Samarkand “the capital of the Turkic civilization” and Bukhara the 2022 youth capital of the OTS.
“We are rightfully proud of our common great ancestors, who wrote bright pages in the ancient history of the Turkic world,” he said.
He also suggested reforming the OTS Secretariat-General to make it an effective mechanism for implementing all OTS tasks and increasing its international role.
[Mirziyoyev] said the Turkic states have entered into a completely new stage of development under the motto “A new era of Turkic civilization: On the way to common progress and prosperity,” noting that preserving, studying, and passing Turkic heritage to future generations is among of the most important tasks of the OTS.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also suggested granting Erdoğan the Highest Order of the Turkic World.
Tokayev stressed the necessity to promote the OTS in the media to draw the attention of the world community to the Turkic civilization and supported the idea of Mirziyoyev about strengthening transport ties, pointing out that the Turkic states connect West and East, North and South.
“In the current transition period, it is very important to increase the potential of transport and transit communications and maximize the use of their capabilities,” he said.
According to Tokayev, Kazakhstan spent $35 billion over the last 15 years on developing logistics and plans to attract $20 billion of investment by 2025 for further elaboration of transport arteries.
He called the Transcaspian route, running through the territories of three fraternal states – Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Türkiye – “a striking example” of successful cooperation in transport.
“I propose to consider the establishment in 2023 of a unified network of universities of Turkic countries, which will allow our students to study Turkic languages and get acquainted with the history and culture of fraternal peoples,” he said.
Azeri Press Agency
November 12, 2022
“Türkiye’s support to Azerbaijan is brotherly help through history, Azerbaijan also stood by Türkiye in its difficult days,” Ali Kaan Orbay, the new ambassador of Türkiye to Georgia [said].
He has noted that Türkiye will stand by Azerbaijan in further processes.
Congratulating Azerbaijan on the occasion of Victory Day, Ali Kaan Orbay emphasized that the victory of Azerbaijan in the Patriotic War is the victory of the entire Turkic world.
November 11, 2022
Kazakhstan is set to begin shipping oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, the country’s prime minister announced Thursday.
The former Soviet republic laying on the edges of the Caspian Sea will be sending around 1.5 million tons of oil on annual basis as of January 2023 via the pipeline, Kazakh Prime Minister Alihan Ismailov told reporters.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline is a 1,768-kilometer (1,099-mile) pipeline that connects Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and Ceyhan, a port on the southeastern Mediterranean coast of Türkiye, via Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
“In particular, there is an agreement to export 1.5 million tons of oil via Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan starting Jan. 1 of next year, with a potential increase up to 6-6.5 million tons,” Ismailov was cited as saying….
“Particularly, (it includes) the direction via Aktau Port to Baku Port and further on toward the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Moreover, the Baku-Supsa (pipeline) in Georgia and Baku-Batumi where we have a terminal in the port. There is also a railway direction from Atyrau toward Batumi and toward Uzbekistan. There is also the direction to the People’s Republic of China. On all those directions, the work is currently underway on expansion and on the increase of the oil export potential,” he said.
Azeri Press Agency
November 11, 2022
The Organization of Turkic States (OTS), which unites eight states (five members and three observers), has already become a serious international power.
Considering that the Turkic world covers a vast geography inhabited by more than 200 million people, it is not difficult to imagine how great results the integration and unity of this big family can bring. Azerbaijan also closely participated in the establishment of this global organization and has an important share and has always tried to unite the Turkic world. In this regard, we can say that the Organization of Turkic states has passed a great path of development, starting the Nakhchivan Summit on October 3, 2009. During that Summit, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, delivered a programmatic speech calling for further strengthening of the unity of Turkic-speaking peoples and states and joint action on international platforms.
[From 2009] “We want the unity between the Turkic-speaking peoples and countries to be even stronger….Because Turkic-speaking countries have all the opportunities – natural resources, oil and gas fields, favorable geographical situations, strong economies, people’s talent, and existing new infrastructure. If we collect and concentrate all these opportunities, Turkic-speaking countries will become a great power on a global scale,” the President said in his speech.
President Ilham Aliyev’s visionary views are being implemented 13 years later.
[T]he activity of the Turkish world as a single family, as a single force, has been stopped for decades. However, we are strengthening this connection with the decisions and steps taken today. It is true that, from the geographical point of view, today the ancient land of Azerbaijan, which is now part of Armenia, is located between us – the Zangazur region….”
In recent years, the strengthening of relations with the member countries of the Organization of Turkic States in all fields has been one of the main priorities of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. The problems of our compatriots living outside the borders of the Turkish states of Azerbaijan have already started to be brought to the agenda of the organization….
“The Turkic world does not consist of independent Turkic states only, its geographical boundaries are broader. I believe that the time has come to permanently keep in mind, within the framework of the organization, issues such as preventing the assimilation and protecting the rights, security, and national identity of our compatriots living beyond the countries that are members of the Organization of Turkic States.
[I]t should be noted that the Turkic world does not consist of only independent Turkic states, its geographical boundaries are wider. This wide geography includes Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Balkan countries.
One of the important missions of the OTS is related to the road leading from cooperation to integration. The intensifying integration process between the Turkic states can be clearly seen from the policies of Turkiye and Azerbaijan. A clear sample of the Azerbaijan-Turkiye brotherhood, one of the examples showing that the countries work for a fully coordinated and unified goal in foreign policy, shows itself in the construction and restoration works in Karabakh and East Zangezur, which Azerbaijan liberated….An example of this is 3 visits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the liberated territories and visited Shusha, Fuzuli, Zangilan, and Jabrayil. Azerbaijan invites the heads of the other Turkic states to Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur and tries to further deepen the existing relations,
…In his speech at today’s summit, the Azerbaijani leader once again emphasized the importance of the cooperation of the Turkish states in various fields: “The Turkic world covers a vast geography inhabited by more than 200 million people and has great economic potential, energy resources, transportation routes, and advanced military capabilities. The Turkic world is a large family….”
….Awarding President Ilham Aliyev with an order for the liberation of Karabakh, in Istanbul last year, is a sign of the Turkic world’s assessment of the activities of the President of Azerbaijan, and respect for him as Commander-in-Chief of the victorious country.
Alongside military, and political prestige, Azerbaijan’s economic power in the Turkic world, including in the world is not denied. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban expressing gratitude to Azerbaijan for providing alternative energy to Europe proves it. In that difficult period, when the Russian-Ukrainian war continues, high-ranking officials of the European Union and experts admit that Azerbaijani gas is the only alternative source for Europe and the importance of Azerbaijan’s role in ensuring the energy security of Europe.
Samarkand IX Summit once again showed that Azerbaijan is successfully advancing along the path it has taken together with other Turkish states, this cooperation format founded in Nakhchivan 13 years ago further strengthens and expands, and OTS is rapidly turning into a regional and international power.