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The scientist Aziz Sancar guest of honor of the foreign ministers of the “Turkish Council”


AA / Ankara / Fuat Kabakcı

Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar (winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) participated as “guest of honor” in a dinner organized on the sidelines of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Cooperation Council of Turkish Speaking Countries (Conseil Turkic).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter Sunday evening that Sancar was the guest of honor at the “Turkish Council” foreign ministers’ dinner.

Cavusoglu said Sancar’s dearest dream was to see the countries of the “Turkish world” united, and that dinner attendees listened with interest to his presentation on “the knowledge and national awakening of the Turkish world”.

Professor Sancar and his Swedish colleagues Tomas Lindahl and American Paul Modrich were awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their mechanistic studies of DNA repair.

Their work explains how cells repair damaged DNA and preserve genes. Research that contributes to the development of new cancer treatments.

At the invitation of Minister Cavuşoglu, the Turkish Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at the level of foreign ministers on Monday in Istanbul to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

The “Turkic Council”, created on October 3, 2009, includes Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as Hungary as an observer.

Based in Istanbul, it aims to develop cooperation between Turkish-speaking countries in many fields, such as education and trade.

* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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