Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Istanbul Summit of Turkish Speaking Countries would make important contributions to efforts to ensure peace, stability tranquillity and prosperity in the region.
Speaking at a joint news conference after the 10th Summit of Heads of State and Government of Turkish Speaking Countries at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace, President Gul said, "we had the chance to exchange views over multilateral cooperation mechanisms among our countries sharing the same language, faith, history and values."
"On the sidelines of the summit, there were intense talks between heads of state and between foreign ministers. Also, energy ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan held a tripartite meeting to review cooperation opportunities about Caspian sea energy resources. Under the light of all these talks, I believe that Istanbul Summit will make important contributions to efforts to ensure peace, stability tranquillity and prosperity in the region," he said.
President Gul said that they agreed to appoint Halil Akinci, former Ambassador of Turkey in Moscow, as the secretary-general and he would carry out works to establish the Secretariat-General of Turkish Speaking Countries Cooperation Council in Istanbul.
"During the summit, we also decided to celebrate October 3 as the Day of Cooperation for Turkish Speaking Countries. Among the other decisions made at the summit are establishment of a Business Council to boost economic and commercial relations, formation of a foundation in Baku to protect Turkish culture and heritage and declaration of Astana as the Turkish Cultural Capital in 2012," he said.
President Gul added that the next summit would be held in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan would host the summit in 2012.
Following the meeting, President Gul hosted a luncheon in honor of the guest leaders.
President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's interim President Roza Otunbaeva and Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguli Berdimuhammedov were in attendance at the summit.
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