On 22 January 2020, Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, paid a working visit to Ankara and met with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Mr. Mustafa Sentop. Mr. Cemal Ozturk, Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation also participated in this meeting.
On behalf of Mr. Archil Talakvadze, PABSEC President and Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, the Secretary General handed over the PABSEC Medal of Honour to the Speaker of the GNAT for the contribution and support to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation by the GNAT and him personally.
The Secretary General informed the Speaker on the ongoing preparatory work of the PABSEC and its International Secretariat for the 55th PABSEC General Assembly in Georgia in June 2020. The issue of granting observer status to the PABSEC with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PAUfM), which is currently chaired by Turkey, was discussed.
The Speaker of the GNAT thanked the Secretary General for the high PABSEC award and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation. He highly evaluated the work of the PABSEC International Secretariat, expressed full support to the activities of the PABSEC and assured that the Turkish Parliament and the PABSEC Turkish delegation will further contribute to the activities of the Assembly.