Astana, 3 November 2023 (TDI): President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, departed for Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on Thursday to attend the 10th summit of the heads of state of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS).

According to a statement from Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, the two-day summit will be held under the theme “Turk Time” to facilitate discussions on enhancing cooperation within the organization.

During the meeting, the participating leaders will share their points of view on current regional and global issues and efforts to further improve cooperation within the organization.

Furthermore, Erdogan will address the session on November 3.

On the fringes of the summit, the president is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with other leaders.

Organization of the Turkic States, formerly called the Turkic Council, is an intergovernmental organization established in 2009 comprising prominent independent Turkish countries that work together to elevate relations and union among themselves.

The organization commemorated its 14th anniversary of founding just last month. The Turkic Council was founded by the 2009 Nakhchivan Agreement with the goal of offering a cooperative forum for all Turkic-speaking nations.

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The main objective for the formation of the Turkic Council’s was to strengthen the bonds of shared language, historical, and cultural heritage among Turkic-speaking nations, as well as to promote peace and stability in the region.

During the eighth summit of Turkic Council leaders in Istanbul in 2021, the Turkic Council was officially renamed the Organization of Turkic States.

Its members are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan; Turkmenistan, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and Hungary are observers.