Pakistan-Azerbaijan volume of trade increases: Ali Alizada
PESHAWAR: The Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan, Ali Alizada on Wednesday stressed the need to further enhance trade, cultural and tourism cooperation between the governments of Azerbaijan and Pakistan, in a ‘Meet the Press’ program organized by Khyber Union of Journalists and Peshawar Press Club.
The ambassador said Pakistan was one of the few nations in the world which recognized independence of Azerbaijan in 1991 and established diplomatic relations next year. “Since then both countries enjoy friendly and warm relations. Both states have supported each other on all important issues, particularly on Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir issues based on UN Security Council resolutions,”
He said that Pakistan was located at the crossroads of three geo-economically important regions of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia, besides, it also provided a sea route for Central Asian countries, as an important member country of important organizations like the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Pakistan can play an important role in terms of connectivity and integration of Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia. He further added that Pakistan could also join and benefit from different projects running in all these three regions in the fields of energy, trade, transportation and tourism.
He attached great importance to Political and military relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan that are being strengthened and reaching higher levels. He said that it was necessary to make efforts to further boost the economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries in order to bolster ties at the strategic level.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan was the only country that had not recognized Armenia to date due to her occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and its adjacent areas and stressed the need to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the governments. He paid tribute to the journalists who rendered their lives in the line of duty in the militancy hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and erstwhile FATA. He said that both the countries believe in journalists exchange program which is designed to increase and deepen public understanding of the two states and their important relationship, one that was crucial to regional stability and improvement of economic ties.