Şentop stated that there are nations who have the same origins and speak the same languages among the line that reaches from the middle of Europe to Japan, “We’ve had a meeting on establishing a parliamentary assembly among these countries. We will work on this matter.”
Şentop, who is in Mongolia for an official visit, began his visit by meeting Gomboja Zandanshatar, Speaker of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia.
Zandanshatar welcomed Şentop with an official ceremony.
Şentop indicated at the beginning of the meeting between delegations that, the name “khural” of the Parliament of Mongolia is a good indicator of common history and culture savings and it is used as “kurul” in Turkey.
Şentop stated that, “Mongolia, who hosts the oldest Turkish scriptures in history called Orkhon Inscriptions is our fatherland.” “Therefore, Mongolia has an exceptional place in our nation’s heart. The fact that our capital cities, Ankara and Ulaanbaatar are brother cities and Mongolia announcing Turkey as the third neighbor in the Foreign Policy Concept adopted in 2011 are good indicators of this.”
Şentop expressed that relations between the two countries have reached a level beyond deep-rooted history and friendship that can be identified as “perfect”, “Besides our friendship for thousands of years, this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.”
Şentop indicated that the current level of relations are not enough, stating, “We must increase the level of our economic relations which fall behind when compared to relations in other areas, to a level which reflects the potential between the two countries.”
Şentop expressed that parliamentary cooperation will be instensified within the framework of a momerandum which was signed last year and suggested extending length of stay without a visa for mutual touristic visits from 30 to 90 days for every 6 months.
Şentop mentioned FETÖ activities in Mongolia and stated the following:
“FETÖ is not just a threat to our country, it is rather a potential threat to all countries in which it has activities. They are organizing under the pretence of innocent educational and humanitarian aid activities, spreading like a cancer through state structures and taking possession of them in the countries where they have an existence. This new generation terrorist organization’s first target is Turkey, however it is not the only one. Therefore, it is our duty to warn friend and brother countries against this international threat. We regard FETÖ terrorists in Mongolia as not just a threat to Turkey but also to Mongolia. They pose a threat to children in countries where they have an existence.”
Şentop stated that the Turkish Maarif Foundation will support each and every solution that indicates taking over schools that are in possession of this structure.
The two Speakers had a tete-a-tete after the meeting between delegations was held.
Later, the two Speakers made a joint press statement.
Şentop emphasized that he is honored to be in Mongolia on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, “Although we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries, relations between our nations is thousands of years old.”
Şentop stated that, “This common history, friendship and relations which we will build on the legacy passed on by our ancestors will overcome each and every kind of difficulty.” and added, “Our responsibility is to reach a peek in our relations in every field by taking advantage of these historical savings. Both countries’ governments have the common will to achieve this.”
Şentop indicated that economic relations fall behind relations in other fileds, “We are determined to increase our economic relations to a level of 100 million dollars as soon as possible and to make it the pilot engine of our bilateral relations. We are pleased to observe that our will is also shared by the government of Mongolia.”
Şentop explained that by enabling Turkish Airlines direct daily flights, Turkish investors’ travels to Mongolia to invest in fields such as agriculture, livestock, mining, health and energy would be much easier and stated that Turkey will continue to provide support to Mongolia in various fields, mainly in the field of education.
Şentop pointed out that, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) which has completed over 600 projects in Mongolia to date will continue its work, “I have gladly observed the fact that we have a consensus on the FETÖ issue. I am pleased to learn that concrete steps that will reach absolute results will be taken on this matter. We are determined not to let the sneaky terrorist organization FETÖ poison the relations between Turkey and Mongolia.”
Şentop expressed that Mongolia is a natural land bridge between the east and the west in Central Asia with its location and political stance and that that they have been following Mongolia’s progress closely, during a short time period within the framework of the principles of respect for democracy, rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms and free market economy.
Şentop stated that, “There are nations who have the same origins and speak the same languages among the line that reaches from the middle of Europe to Japan. We’ve had a meeting on establishing a parliamentary assembly among these countries. We will work on this matter.”
Zandanshatar, Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia stated that they regard Turkey as Mongolia’s “third neighbor”.
Zandanshatar also stated that Mongolia has always wanted to strenghten its relations with Turkey and as Şentop had mentioned, the word “Kurul” is an example of common culture.
Zandanshatar indicated that they want to take steps to advance cooperation in economic and especially tourism fields.
Zandanshatar explained that they will take notice of what Şentop had told about FETÖ schools in Mongolia, “We are doing everything we can against these schools operating in Mongolia.”