Establishing legal relationship with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been one of the main focuses of the efforts undertaken by the Turkic Council in the field of international cooperation.
In the Final Communiqué of 13th Islamic Summit Conference, article 201 was devoted to the relationships between the two organizations in which the Conference “welcomed the establishment of cooperation between the Council and the OIC with a view to creating a legal relation in the future”.
The Turkic Council signed on 18 April 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), an affiliated organization of the OIC in Istanbul.
Furthermore, at the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held on 18-19 October 2016 in Tashkent, a paragraph was added to the final resolution in which the Foreign Ministers of the OIC Member States “welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the OIC and the Council of Turkic Speaking States (CTSS) which will pave the way to obtain CTSS’ observer status in the OIC”.
Following the aforementioned OIC decisions, the MoU was finally signed by both Secretaries General on the margins of the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology held in Astana, on 10 September 2017. The stated MoU is a further step paving the way for strengthening the existing cooperation between the two organizations with concrete projects.
The Turkic Council has initiated to acquire observer status in the OIC and with the support of the Member States, which are concurrently the members of the OIC, expects to be granted with observer status in the upcoming period.
In addition, the Turkic Council is currently working on establishing a partnership with the Islamic Development Bank on specific regional projects of mutual interest.