President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's interview by APA: OTS is becoming well-known and respected player on international stage

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakh President

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# 10 March 2024 12:41 (UTC +04:00)

"Organization of Turkic States is becoming a well-known and respected player on the international stage," said President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in his written interview with APA news agency.

"Let me start with the fact that Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are the founders of the Organization of Turkic States.

The initiative to create the structure was put forward by Kazakhstan, and the agreement itself was signed on ancient Azerbaijani soil. It's almost been since then fifteen years, and since then our common organization has come a long way towards institutionalization. Moreover, it is becoming a well-known and respected player on the international stage.

It is difficult to disagree with the leader of Azerbaijan in assessing the historical mission of the Organization of Turkic States. Indeed, the role of this integration association is difficult to overestimate. In a relatively short historical period, the cooperation of our states has demonstrated its viability and determined the contours of the Turkic world as a new geopolitical reality. Our task, figuratively speaking, is to give this sprout with strong genes sustainable development. The potential of OTS is enormous. Here are just some numbers: the total territory is about 4.5 million square kilometers, the total GDP is over 1.5 trillion dollars, the population is more than 160 million people. Trade turnover within the OTS reached 42.3 billion dollars, and the total trade turnover of the Turkic countries with the world is about 1.3 trillion dollars. All countries of the Organization are confidently incorporated into world economic processes, represented and actively work in key international organizations. I believe that this is more than enough for the further successful advancement of integration processes within the framework of the OTS. The spirit of the Turkic countries to develop cooperation on a wide range of issues, from transit and transport relations, economics, ecology, science, education, art, tourism, sports to research into hitherto unknown pages of our common history, inspires confidence.

In this regard, I cannot help but note the work of other organizations that are part of the OTS family, such as TURKSOY, the Turkic Academy, and the Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation. They not only carry out a humanitarian and educational mission, but also bring a huge spiritual charge into the lives of our peoples. The Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic States (TurkPA) is an authoritative international body in which experience is exchanged and advanced ideas on lawmaking and the development of parliamentary diplomacy are accumulated.

The relatively recently established Turkic Investment Fund is designed to create a highly effective platform for attracting funds to assist in the development of intraregional trade, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as for the implementation of joint projects with international financial institutions. Speaking about cooperation between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan within the framework of the OTS, I would like to draw attention to the consonance of our approaches to the institutional development of the Organization.

Our countries are participants in all six international organizations of a Turkic orientation, and this is the clearest confirmation that Astana and Baku see the vector of development of UTG integration in the same way. In order to bring our fraternal peoples closer together, we invite athletes from Azerbaijan to take part in the V World Nomad Games, which will be held in Astana from September 8 to 14 of this year," noted Kazakh President.