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International relations

'Turkic world' wants a voice in the new global order

Erdogan-led bloc vies for influence with China and Russia in Central Asia

The leaders of the Organization of Turkic States (formerly the Turkic Council) begin discussions in Istanbul on Nov. 12. 

ISTANBUL -- Leaders of six Turkic states -- spanning Central Asia, the Caucasus and Asia Minor -- plus Hungary gathered in a tightly secured island in Istanbul on Friday, agreeing to explore further cooperation and integration amid fears that the instability in Afghanistan could spill over into the region in forms of radicalism, terrorism and migration.

Heads of state from the Turkic-speaking countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan gathered for the eighth summit of the Turkic Council, officially known as Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States. Hungary has observer status with the group.

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