Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the Eighth Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic-Speaking countries (TURKPA) which was hosted by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Izmir, on 20-21 November 2018.
Mr. Ogtay Asadov, Chairman of Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Dastanbek Dzhumabekov, Chairman of Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Binali Yıldırım, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, TURKPA Chairman-in-Office and Mr. Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, addressed the Opening Ceremony.
In the framework of this Plenary Session took place the International Conference dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of TURKPA titled “The first 10 years of TURKPA and Future of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation: New Approaches.
In his speech, the PABSEC Secretary General stressed the significance of the huge economic projects which have been realised by joint efforts of Azerbaijan and Turkey, TURKPA Member States, underlining that these projects represent very important energy routes, not only for the Black Sea Region, but for the whole Europe. Mr. Hajiyev stressed that the PABSEC has intensified contacts with regional and international organizations and extended the cooperation with other parliamentary assemblies and international organizations. In this regard, he underlined the fruitful cooperation with the TURKPA, noting the possibilities for the strengthening of the relations between the PABSEC and the TURKPA.
The members of the Assembly debated and adopted the Reports and Recommendations of: the Commission on Environment and Natural Resources, the Commission on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Issues, the Commission on Legal Affairs and International Relations and the Commission on Economic Cooperation. At the end of the Eighth TURKPA Session, the Assembly adopted the Izmir Declaration.