Nazarbayev to hold talks in Ankara

Nazarbayev to hold talks in Ankara

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev will start his official visit to Ankara on Friday. 

Nazarbayaev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks and discuss "issues of broadening strategic cooperation and activities of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States." 

The Milliyet newspaper reported that the leaders are expected to discuss countering activities of supporters of opposition member and Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of organizing the attempted coup. Turkish authorities earlier called for closing schools established by the Gulen movement in many countries. 

There are 27 such schools - Kazakh-Turkish lyceums - in Kazakhstan. Astana refused to close these schools, and it is expected that Erdogan will express his deep concern over this at talks with Nazarbayev, TASS reports.