At the 7th Summit of the Turkic Council in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku the members of Turkish Speaking states increased to five after the official membership acceptance of Uzbekistan that makes this body one of the most powerful in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, also known as the Turkic Council, was established back in 2009 with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey as the group’s founding members. Uzbekistan applied for membership of Turkic Council on September 2019. At the Turkic Council’s summit in Kyrgyzstan in September 2018, Hungary joined the group as an observer state.
Azerbaijan has taken the chair of the Turkic-Council for this year. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev termed that the cooperation between the Turkic-Speaking states is one the priority of his country’s foreign policy. The final statements of the summit of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-speaking States express support for the territorial integrity of state borders.
The Turkic-Council states have very strong cooperation that is based on common cultural values, traditions, and language. Through this platform, this cooperation further enhanced and Turkic-Council has become one of the most influential bodies in the Caucasus and Central Asian countries.