Turkic States praises importance of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum

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On Saturday, Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Kubanychbek Umuraliyev praised the importance of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum currently being held in southwestern Turkey.

He said in his speech that the meeting of many leaders of countries and governments, ministers and high-level officials in the forum is an important factor on the political and diplomatic levels.

He pointed out that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned several times in his speech at the opening of the forum the Organization of Turkic States.

Omuraliyev added that the forum will also witness the holding of a symposium entitled “Institutionalization in the Turkish World: The Organization of Turkic States in the 21st Century” with the participation of academics from several countries.

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The Organization of Turkic States (formerly the Turkic Council) was established on October 3, 2009, and includes Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

While Hungary, Turkmenistan, and Turkish Northern Cyprus all hold observer member status.

Yesterday, Friday, the Diplomatic Forum began in its third edition in the state of Antalya, in the presence of about 4,500 guests, including 19 heads of state and government, 73 ministers, and 57 international representatives from 147 countries.

Until Sunday, the Antalya Diplomatic Forum will discuss many global issues of concern to the Middle East, the Pacific region, Africa and Latin America, such as climate change, the food crisis, and “space diplomacy,” in addition to the Gaza issue.

On the sidelines of the forum, a high-level session will be held under the patronage of Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan, which will address “Women, Peace and Security.”