A meeting themed “Kazakhstan in the New Era: Meeting of Friends of Kazakhstan” was held by the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Istanbul. The meeting, hosted by Consul General Alim BAYEL, was attended by DIPAM Founding Chairman Dr. Tolga SAKMAN and DIPAM Founding Member Assoc.Prof. Esra ALBAYRAKOĞLU participated.
At the meeting, the Consul General and the participants discussed the latest developments in Kazakhstan, Türkiye-Kazakhstan relations, the situation in Central Asia, the perspective of the two countries on global issues, and shared predictions and suggestions for the future.
Dr. Tolga SAKMAN drew attention to the issues that should be considered as well as the importance of Kazakhstan within the scope of China’s Belt and Road Project. He evaluated the effects of this project on the economic relations between Kazakhstan and Türkiye. Talking about the education and public diplomacy activities that will bring the two countries closer culturally, Sakman gave examples of the bilateral and multilateral impact of the political and economic situation of Central Asia. On what Consul General Bayel told, he conveyed the hope that the latest situation in Kazakhstan provides for development and progress.
Assoc.Prof. Esra ALBAYRAKOĞLU drew attention to Kazakhstan’s relations with the Gulf countries in particular. She evaluated the new possibilities in these relations, which were affected by the increasing energy need and the global economic contraction, and talked about the possible reflections of these relations in other areas.
The importance of the relations between Türkiye and Kazakhstan for all Turkic States was evaluated unanimously by the participants and the importance of the relations between the two countries for the region was frequently mentioned. The meeting concluded with suggestions and positive predictions for the future.