Turkic World Aims To Unite Turkic Central Asia Via Media

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Turkic.World, the first joint media platform of Turkic-speaking countries, is marking its first anniversary. The media platform was launched in 2021 as part of the establishment of the Organisation of Turkish States, (OTS) a regional, institutionalised body that includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Observer States include Hungary and Turkmenistan, while Afghanistan and Northern Cyprus have expressed interest.

Turkic.World is available in Azerbaijani, Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Turkmen as well as English, and serves as a similar media platform to Al Jazeera except its main target audience are the 300 million Turkic-speaking peoples. It is broadcast from Azerbaijan.

Celebrating the anniversary, Senior Advisor to Turkish President Yalcin Topcu expressed thanks to the Turkic World media platform, on behalf of the Turkic peoples. “It is important for us that everyone accurately and timely learns about the processes taking place in the Turkic world, so that the Turkic peoples convey their voice to the world community. I am sure that this important project will open the way to great and significant effort for the prosperity of Turkic countries. The activities of this team are very valuable to us. The 300 million Turkic people, live in a very important geography. In unity, our peoples will live in peace and make a serious contribution to peace. We sincerely support every step taken for the unity of the Turkic world.”

The rise of Turkey giving emphasis that it speaks on behalf of the Turkic people will cause some discomfort elsewhere, including China. The Uyghurs are a Turkic culture and Beijing will be watching very closely to see how far the Turkic.World platform and OTS are prepared to go in terms of promoting Turkic culture to a region China controls.

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