Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev has praised the cooperation, resilience and solidarity among the Member States. Amreyev stressed that the international community should exert coordinated and determined efforts in the fight against COVID-19, and he emphasised that the global community must undertake united action.

Amreyev noted that the current cooperation mechanism has enabled the Member States to take concerted action. Since the beginning of global spread of the pandemic, leaders of the Turkic World had been in close communication with each other and instructed relevant ministries and institutions to take necessary measures such as arranging safe evacuation of their citizens, closing borders, halting international flights, sharing experience and information, as well as providing medical assistance and supplies.

As part of these joint efforts and cooperation, Turkey was the first country to send test kits to Azerbaijan and help its fellow country to reach the necessary capabilities for diagnosing the first COVID-19 patients.

Moreover, Turkey had agreed that the Kyrgyz-Turkish Friendship Hospital in the Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek, which was jointly managed by Turkey and Kyrgyz Republic, be utilised by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic in combating the pandemic.

Additionally, at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, humanitarian aid was sent to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly nation.

In a similar fashion the Government of Kazakhstan assisted with the airborne evacuation of Kyrgyz citizens from China and India.

In this difficult period, the Turkic Council Member States became the first countries extending medical support to Hungary immediately after the initial news pointing to a spread of the epidemic in Europe. Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkey delivered medical supplies including much-needed face masks to Hungary.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó thanked the Turkic Council Member States for their prompt response and assistance. He said the aid served as another concrete indicator of strong solidarity with the Turkic World.

The Turkish private sector was also instrumental in extending support to Kazakhstan. Ankara-based Turkish company YDA Group delivered a considerable aid package containing medical materials, face masks, safety glasses and gloves that were subsequently transferred to various hospitals in Kazakhstan.

Amreyev underlined his firm belief in sustained determination and close cooperation among the Member States. He said the Turkic World will stand in solidarity with the rest of the international community in the global struggle against COVID-19. The Turkic leaders were resolved to maintain this high-level consultation and their joint efforts to overcome this period of unprecedented challenges by taking any required measures.

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