Mr. Sultan Raev took over the function of Secretary General of TURKSOY

TÜRKSOY
Tuesday, 12 April 2022

In a ceremony held in TURKSOY Headquarters in Ankara, Mr. Sultan Raev who has been elected Secretary General of TURKSOY at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the International Organization of Turkic Culture held in Bursa, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2022, has taken over the function of Secretary General of TURKSOY from his predecessor Mr. Dusen Kasseinov.

The ceremony held in the Conference Hall of the Secretariat General of TURKSOY took place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mr.  Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States  Mr.  Bagdad Amreyev and ambassadors of Turkic republics in Ankara along with guests.

- “I do believe that those in the Turkic World who read works written by Mr. Raev will turn into advocates of TURKSOY and strengthen the Turkic World.”

At the ceremony, Mr. Dusen Kasseinov handed over the duty of Secretary General of TURKSOY to his successor Mr. Raev who was elected to the post at the Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY held on March 31st and said that he had taken over this duty with great honour upon the decision of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY following its meeting on March 31st 14 years ago.

Mr. Kasseinov said:

“As you know, many historical decisions were made in this conference hall. In this respect, this is a place with a very high symbolic value and I would like to stress that it is a great pleasure for me to be in this hall together with you today for the last time as Secretary General of TURKSOY and I am confident that we will meet again in the future. In a few minutes, I will be  handing over the duty of Secretary General which I was highly honoured to take over 14 years ago upon decision of our distinguished ministers at the meeting of the  Permanent Council of TURKSOY held on March 31st to our new Secretary General Mr. Sultan Raev who is one of the most notable authors and intellectuals of Kyrgyzstan and has assumed many key positions throughout his career.

Looking back at the years passed, I see that we always succeeded in staying united and being proud of our joint achievements. Our hearts have always beaten for the Turkic World and we have constantly  worked towards the achievement of our goals. We have frequently come together in different places and times with those who share our thoughts and ideals and today I can easily say that I hand over this duty to my distinguished friend Mr. Sultan Raev with great confidence. Indeed, he had attended the Meeting of the Permanent Council of TURKSOY in 2008 and was one of those ministers who played an important role in my election as Secretary General of TURKSOY. There are some arts which easily reach people’s hearts and minds and literature is undoubtedly one of these. I am strongly convinced that those in the Turkic World who read Mr. Raev’s works will turn into advocates of TURKSOY and strengthen the Turkic World.

Dear friends,

Each and every day I spent working in TURKSOY, I always felt at home. I do think that all my colleagues from various countries of the Turkic World who worked together with me share the same feelings. As a matter of fact, we have met wonderful people, built friendships, established unique cultural bridges and introduced our common culture worldwide while sharing our sorrow and joy. I have always witnessed the strong commitment and professionalism of my distinguised colleagues. This is not something you easily get. Therefore, I do feel lucky to have had this precious opportunity to work with my coleagues  and express my gratitude to them once again in your presence. You are a unique team whom any manager or director would be grateful to work together with!

Today, I am handing over my duty with great pride and hopes. I will feel honoured to have served the Turkic World as Secretary General of TURKSOY  for my entire life. I am hopeful because there is still a long way to go and the staff of  TURKSOY is ready to move on  in this long journey under the leadership of our new Secretary General.

Distinguished friends,

I am very happy to see my friends all together here today as I always considered them as my greatest treasure. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mevlüt   Çavuşoğlu and to the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy whose precious support we have always felt throughout acitivities we carried out together. Let me also thank  Mr. Bagdad Amreyev, the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States which is one of the most distinguished organizations of the Turkic World. Last but not least, I would also like to express my most sincere gratitude to distinguished ambassadors of our member countries as well as of countries we have been working in cooperation withf  for their valuable support and cooperation. 

If you allow me, I would also like to once again express my most sincere gratitude to Mr. Polad Bülbüloğlu who was the first Director General of our organization as well as to my Deputy Secretaries General Mr.  Fırat Purtaş  and Mr. Bilal Çakıcı and to each and every  staff member of TURKSOY for their strong commitment and devoted work thanks to which TURKSOY has reached its current status.”

- “Mr. Kasseinov has already entered the history of TURKSOY with golden letters.”

Mr. Sultan Raev who took over the function of Secretary General of TURKSOY stressed the importance of this day in the history of TURKSOY. Mr. Raev who also touched upon achievements reached by TURKSOY since its establishment  as well as upon activities caried out by Mr.  Dusen Kasseinov further said: “First of all, I would like to thank our wiseman Mr.  Dusen Kurabayoğlu for his kind words and wishes. Today is an important day in the history of TURKSOY! In line with our tradition which we highly praise we are opening a new chapter  for cultural cooperation in the Turkic World.

Hence, it is a great pleasure for me to be here with you on such a meaningful day  as you are all committed to the preservation and enrichment of Turkic culture as well as of our rich spiritual and cultural heritage which is the only legacy left behind for us by our ancestors.

It is our glorious history and rich culture which holds us united all together. Our unity has also made strong contributions to the development of world civilization. Today, TURKSOY has become a trademark of our unity in the field of culture  and gained international recognition worldwide.

Our organization will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. Within these 30 years, unique cultural bridges have been built among our peoples. I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Polad Bülbüloğlu and especially to our wiseman and  ambassador Mr. Düsen Kurabayoğlu who assumed the leadership of TURKSOY for many years for their great contribution to the establishment of these golden bridges. TURKSOY owes the flourishing of its acitivities to our wiseman Mr. Kasseinov  who made great contributions to Turkic culture. His name has already entered the history of TURKSOY with golden letters. Thank you very much Mr. Kasseinov!

I do believe that you will continue serving the Turkic World for your entire life! We have always been proud of you and further will be so! We wish you all the very best!

Distinguished participants,

Your valuable support will be my greatest help in assuming this difficult and sacred duty. We will create a stronger Turkic World thanks to our common culture which holds us together. We have always been proud of our past and we will now build a future which we will be proud of hand in hand, all together. Once again, I greet you with my deepest respect and thank you for your valuable presence."

- “We are strongly convinced that Mr. Sultan Raev will lead TURKSOY further on its way towards constant evolution.”

In the speech he delivered at the handover ceremony, the Term Coordinator of TURKSOY and Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said that the participation of two ministers to the handover ceremony clearly stands as a testimony of the importance attached by the Republic of Turkey to TURKSOY and further added that TURKSOY which was established in order to preserve and promote Turkic culture is rapidly evolving towards becoming a key organization in this respect.

Minister Ersoy thanked Mr. Kasseinov who helped TURKSOY reach major achievements enrichening its its way towards success since its establishment in 1993 through activities he carried out for 14 years he served as its Secretary General and said: "The synergy, unity and solidarity we have created through this organization  is extremely precious. In the future, our cultural activities will bring about even greater synergies and inspire us for even greater achievements. What matters for us is to transmit Turkic culture to future generations and to our peoples in a sustainable way. Indeed, these are very precious for us."

Minister Ersoy who said that major activities have been carried out by TURKSOY and Turkic peoples to promote Turkic culture and art  further added that the new Secretary General of TURKSOY is entrusted with major duties and expressed his strong belief in the fact that Mr. Sultan Raev will bring TURKSOY further on its path towards constant evolution and develpment.

Minister Ersoy who congratulated Mr. Sultan Raev for his election as Secretary General  and wished him success reasserted the fact that Turkey will always provide whatever support it needs to TURKSOY  and said that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey is confident that TURKSOY Secretary General Sultan Raev will further contribute to raising the bar of TURKSOY and help it achieve higher goals.

-  "We do believe that with his experience as a journalist, bureaucrat, minister and international officer, Mr. Sultan Raev will make major contributions to  TURKSOY."

In the speech he delivered at the ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that in line with the maxim of the grea philosopher of the Turkic World  Ismail Gaspıralı, TURKSOY reaches great achievements in serving its ideal cherishing unity in language, ideas and actions further added: "TURKSOY is holding the Turkic World stronger together. It fosters our ties of brotherhood and transmits our ancient culture ad civilization to future generations while introducing our culture and civilization to the whole world."

Mr. Çavuşoğlu who said that Mr. Kasseinov successfully assumed the duty of Secretary General of TURKSOY since 2008 and is now handing it over to Mr. Sultan Raev further added: "Mr. Kasseinov, you have served the Turkic World with great success as Minister of Culture of   Kazakhstan and Secretary General of TURKSOY. I have closely witnessed your activities not only during my term in office as  minister but also as a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey."

Mr. Çavuşoğlu further expressed his conviction that despite the fact that his term in office as Secretary General of TURKSOY has come to an end, Mr.  Kasseinov will further serve the Turkic World.

Minister Çavuşoğlu who reminded of the fact that Mr. Sultan Raev has previously served as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States with great success in a period during which it had to make major decisions further added: "We do believe that with his experience as a journalist, bureaucrat, minister and international official, Mr. Sultan Raev will make strong contributions to  TURKSOY. We do know that this is a heavy duty but we are strongly convinced that he will raise the bar higher and do his best to help TURKSOY reach further achievements. We will of course continue providing him any support he needs. Let me take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, his ministry and colleagues from the bottom of my heart for the constant support they provide to TURKSOY."

- “Mr. Raev is a perfect man of culture ”

In the speech he delivered at the ceremony, the Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States Mr. Bagdad Amreyev stressed that TURKSOY carries out major activities for the Turkic World  and said: "As a matter of fact,Secretary General Kasseinov has invested major efforts in the institutionalization of TURKSOY which reached its current status and became a trademark worlwide in terms of the unity and integration of the Turkic World. I therefore express my gratitude to him."

Mr. Amreyev who also said that the Secretary General of TURKSOY Mr. Raev  served as Minister of Culture for two terms  and is also an author is therefore a perfect "man of culture"  further added:  "We have worked together when he was the Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States and I congratulate him on the occasion of his election as new Secretary General of TURKSOY as this is an important function he is now assuming. As it has been the fact in the padt, we will of course continue providing any support needed." The official speeches were followed by the handover ceremony in which Mr. Kasseinov handed over the symbol of the Secretariat General of  TURKSOY to his successor Mr. Sultan Raev.

Mr. Sultan Raev who has previously served as Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic and Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Turkic States has been unanimously elected to the post of Secretary General of TURKSOY at the meeting of the Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of the International Organization of Turkic Culture  held in Bursa on March 31st, 2022.