Azerbaijani President: Turkey has proven itself to be a great power

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Friday that Turkey has proven to be a great power not only in the region but also in the world.

This came in his speech during the eighth summit session of the leaders of the member states of the “Organization of Turkish States” (formerly the Turkish Council) in Istanbul.

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He noted that the leaders of the Organization of Turkish States wish to strengthen and develop their countries.

He said, “The relations between our countries are getting stronger day by day, because we own a very important region, both economically and militarily.”

He added, “Just as we have natural resources, transportation, and communications resources, our region has strength like Turkey, whose army is the second largest in NATO.

And use it for peace and stability at the regional and global levels.

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Aliyev noted that Turkmenistan participated in the summit as an observer member, and expressed his desire to become a member of the organization.

He noted the participation of many Turkish companies in the reconstruction of infrastructure in the liberated areas of Azerbaijan from Armenia.

And earlier Friday, the eighth summit of leaders of the member states of the organization, under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicked off in Istanbul.

The presidents of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, Kassym-Jomert Tokayev, Kyrgyzstan Sadr Jabarov, and Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev will participate in the summit on the island of “Democracy and Freedoms” opposite Istanbul.

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It is also attended by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov for the first time in his capacity as an observer head of a member state.

and the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban (observer member), as well as the Secretary-General of the Council, Baghdad Amiryev.

The “Turkish Council” was established under its previous name on October 3, 2009, and includes Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Hungary as observers.

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The Organization of Turkish States, with its new name (based in Istanbul), aims to develop cooperation between Turkic-speaking countries in many areas, including education and trade.