The Republic of Turkey has joined COMSATS, as intimated by a letter from Turkish Embassy received by COMSATS Secretariat on 17th August 2017. The ‘Agreement to join COMSATS as Member State’, signed earlier by the Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, His Excellency Babür Hızlan, has been ratified by the Government of Turkey on 29th May 2017.
In addition to the country’s already existing participation in COMSATS’ Coordinating Council, Turkey will be represented at the Heads-of-State level Commission and the ministerial Consultative Committee of COMSATS by virtue of its State membership. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) now serves as the Focal Point of COMSATS and will be represented in COMSATS Consultative Committee. The Council is also the parent organization of COMSATS, Centre of Excellence in Turkey, TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM). Turkey’s membership is expected to serve as a window for effective North-South cooperation owing to the country’s representation in other regional and international organizations, as well as its geographical location.