Visit of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, and Mr. Fuat Küçükaydın, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, to Mr. İsmail KAHRAMAN, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara, 5 December 2017
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General and Mr. Fuat Küçükaydın, PABSEC Deputy Secretary General, paid a visit to Mr. İsmail KAHRAMAN, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT), in Ankara, on 5 December 2017. Mr. Ramazan Can, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Turkish Delegation and Mr. Cemalettin Tüney, Head of the Foreign Relations and Protocol Department of the GNAT, also participated in the meeting.
The PABSEC Secretary General informed Mr. Kahraman about the results of the 50th General Assembly held in Kyiv and the activities on the occasion of the PABSEC 25th Anniversary. Mr. Hajiyev also presented the information on the latest nominations of the PABSEC Special Representative positions.
The PABSEC Secretary General also informed about the ongoing activities with other international organizations (the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) and the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) and about granting the PABSEC with the Status of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Associate Member, during the 137th IPU Assembly in Sankt Petersburg.)
During the meeting, Mr. İsmail Kahraman highly appreciated the work of the PABSEC, mentioning the approval of the Declaration on Strengthening the Status of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Mr. Hajiyev underlined the importance of enhancing the status of the Assembly in order to increase its international role for the benefit of the countries and the peoples of the BSEC Region.
At the meeting, it was also decided to organise, in line with the activities on the PABSEC 25th Anniversary, a Conference of the Speakers of the Parliaments of the BSEC Member States, during 13-14 May 2018, in Istanbul.
The Secretary General underlined the consistent support of the GNAT and the PABSEC Turkish Delegation to the activities of the Assembly and expressed the belief that Conference of the Speakers of the Parliaments of the BSEC Member States will be a unique event for the 25th Anniversary of the Assembly.
Mr. Ismail Kahraman thanked the PABSEC Secretary General for his visit and warm wishes and assured that GNAT will take all the necessary measures to successfully fulfil the PABSEC objectives.