Turkic State Parliamentary Assembly's (TurkPA) sixth plenary meeting has launched in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. The session started with a ceremony of handing over the chairmanship of the TurkPA from Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan.
"We are glad to welcome you on the Kazakh earth, in our capital of Astana. I would like to note that the subject of our conference is actual for each of the countries. For today Kazakhstan is the eternal state of the Great Steppe, and each of our states took developments the way, nevertheless, we shouldn't forget that we have uniform roots, we have to remember the history and the past", the chairman of Majilis of Parliament, Kabibulla Dzhakupov, said in the opening conference.
The meeting was organised by the Turkic Academy and the national delegations of the TurkPA member countries. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey assembled for the two-day session to discuss tensions between Moscow and Ankara due to the downing of a Russian jet near on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Russia had announced a wide range of sanctions against Turkey following the incident, which killed a Russian pilot, and requested for its regions with local Turkic ethnicities, including Altai, Bashkortostan, Khakasia, Tatarstan, Tyva, and Yakutia to cut ties with the Turkey-based International Organisation of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY).
During the meeting, the Chairman of the Grand National Assembly Ismet Kahraman, Speaker of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan Oktay Assadov, Chairman of the Kazakh Majilis Kabibulla Dzhakupov and Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of Kyrgyzstan Asylbek Zheenbekov were awarded for strengthening ties between Turkic-speaking countries.