ASTANA, January 10, 2019 – Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov held a meeting with the President of the Turkic Academy, professor Darkhan Kydyrali, during which both sides discussed the progress of the Turkic Academy in 2018 and outlined promising areas for further cooperation.
The sides reviewed preparations for the World Congress of Turkologists planned for 2019 in Astana.
The meeting noted that the World Congress of Turkologists would be an important event for the Turkic world aimed at kick-starting the revival of world Turkology, as well as providing an in-depth analysis and fundamental re-evaluation of current progress, achievements, problems, and prospects of world Turkology.
According to Minister Atamkulov, Turkic cooperation is at a new stage of its development and the President attaches great importance to bringing the Turkic nations together. “Given the necessity of enhancing the brotherly relations between the Turkic nations, developing Turkology science as a flagship discipline of the Turkic civilization, as well as implementing the policy of President Nursultan Nazarbayev's Seven Facets of the Great Steppe, the Ministry will give special attention to this cause and is ready to provide the necessary assistance in arranging and holding the scheduled events,” the Foreign Minister said.
Mr. Kydyrali thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its ongoing support to the Academy. During the meeting he informed the Foreign Minister about the upcoming international forum “The Great Steppe: The Cultural Heritage and Role in World History”, which is expected to be held in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris involving scholars from the Turkic Academy states later in 2019.
The Turkic Academy was established at the initiative of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2012. The Academy is a scientific center in human and social sciences, and a single focal point for Turkic science centered on inter-state and inter-ethnic integration. Its headquarters is located in Astana.