Leaders of Turkic-speaking states gather in Azerbaijan
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||15 August 2013|
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August 15, 2013
Representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in August 2012.
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey will be meeting in Azerbaijan for a summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States.
The leaders are traveling to Qabala on August 16, some 200 kilometers north of the capital, where the summit is being held.
The country's foreign ministers are meeting on August 15.
Ramil Hasanov, the Azerbaijani secretary-general of the parliamentary assembly of the Turkic-speaking countries, said the summit was expected to discuss the potential formation of a free-trade zone among the member states.
The grouping is devoted to preserving the language and culture of Turkic-speaking countries and promoting political, economic, and cultural cooperation.
Based on reporting by Reuters and Trend.az