The Eighth Summit of the Organization of Turkic States hosted by the President of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and attended by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Kasım-Jomart Tokayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, H.E. Sadyr Jabarov, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Turkmenistan, H.E. Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov, the Prime Minister of Hungary, H.E. Viktor Orbán and the Secretary General of the Turkic Council H.E. Baghdad Amreyev was held in Istanbul on 12 November 2021.
The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Honorary Chairman of the Organization of Turkic States, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the Summit via a video message.
During the Summit, which was dedicated to the theme of "Green Technologies and Smart Cities in the Digital Age", the Leaders underlined the importance of common action concerning the pressing topics of the global agenda and took decisions on a number of important issues concerning the future of the Organization, primarily changing the name of the Turkic Council to the “Organization of Turkic States”.
The Summit coincided with 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Turkic States and greeted Turkmenistan as the new observer member to the Organization.
The main agenda topics among others were determination of new cooperation modalities with third parties and institutions, the establishment of Turkic Investment Fund and approval of the Turkic World Vision-2040, which lays out the Organization's medium and long-term goals and tasks.
In addition to the agenda items of the meeting, the Leaders also exchanged views on a number of important political and economic developments in the region and emphasized the increasing role and the promising future of the Organization in addressing these challenges in international arena. They expressed that fruitful collaboration needs to be further strengthened in all core fields of mutual interest, particularly increasing trade and investments, transport and logistics, green and renewable energy and environment.
Upon the proposal of the President of the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Ilham Aliyev awarded by the Council of Heads of State with the “Supreme Order of Turkic World” in recognition of the historic victory that ensured the liberation of the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the restoration of its territorial integrity, which significantly contributed to the Turkic unity and paved the way to achieving enduring peace and stability in the region.
At the Summit, the Chairmanship of the Organization was handed over from Azerbaijan to Turkey and the Heads of State adopted the Istanbul Declaration.
The Eighth Summit of the Organization of Turkic States was an historic event that constituted a significant turning point for the Organization where the cooperation among the Member States entered a new era where the Member States expressed their will for a closer cooperation and deeper integration in the Turkic world.