Turkic Council Member States first to send aid to Hungary in COVID-19 crisis.

Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev Secretary stated that the Member States, namely Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan as well as the Observer State Hungary, have demonstrated their resolve to tackle the challenges due to deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

He highlighted the need for international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, noting that the Council's current cooperation mechanism has enabled the Member States to act in concert in areas such as arranging safe evacuation of citizens, closing borders, halting international flights, sharing experience and information as well as providing medical assistance and supply.

Turkey was the first country to send test kits to Azerbaijan, and made the Kyrgyz-Turkish Friendship Hospital in Bishkek, jointly managed by Turkey and Kyrgyz Republic, available to the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health.

Additionally, and at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, humanitarian aid was sent to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, whilst in similar fashion the Government of Kazakhstan assisted with the airborne evacuation of Kyrgyz citizens from China and India.

Turkic Council Member States also became the first countries to extend medical support to Hungary immediately after the initial news pointing to a spread of the epidemic in Europe, with Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkey delivering medical supplies including much needed face masks to Hungary.

As a friendly country and a partner member state in the Turkic Council, Uzbekistan is standing by Hungary in these difficult times."

Uzbekistani Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov.

Secretary General B. Amreyev underlined his firm belief in sustained determination and close cooperation among the Member States, saying that "the Turkic Leaders are resolved to maintain this high level consultation regarding this issue and their joint efforts to overcome this period of unprecedented challenges by taking any additional measure that could be required".

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