Turkish leader hosts an extraordinary summit of leaders of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
The Trans-Caspian East-West Middle Corridor Initiative is of strategic importance, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says.
The international organisation was established in 2009 to promote full-spectrum cooperation among Turkic-speaking countries.
Turkey's President Erdogan asked for support from Turkic Council members in easing isolation and embargo against Turkish Cypriots.
Turkey’s FM Cavusoglu and top diplomats of Turkic Council member states Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and observer state Hungary meet in Istanbul to discuss the situation in Afghanistan post Taliban takeover.
Speaking to the Turkic leaders via video link, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the council has completed its institutionalisation and it is time to entitle it an international organisation.
Russian interference in Uzbekistan has led for a push to adopt Russian as an official language, but the move is having the opposite effect.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States is ready to welcome Uzbekistan as a new member while Turkmenistan expects to become an observer state.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organisation aiming to promote comprehensive cooperation among Turkic speaking states.
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