Economic, defence, trade and agriculture ties to be strengthened
Baku—Pakistan and Azerbaijan have agreed to further strengthen their relations in economic, investment, trade, agriculture, defence industry and other fields. Further Pakistan supported Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh issue while Azeri President supported Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir issue and called for implementation of UN resolution.
This was stated by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a joint press conference here on Friday after holding detailed talks.
The Prime Minister said they have agreed to effectively channelize their energies. He said the two countries have always shared similar perceptions and after his meeting with President Aliyev, he was pleased to note that they have shared ideas.
He said they believe that regional and global issues must be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means within the framework of international law. He said the two countries are advocates of peaceful neighbourhood and peace for development. He said Pakistan’s position to remain steadfast for peace should not be mistaken as weakness.
Nawaz Sharif said they discussed a wide range of subjects including bilateral relations and regional and international issues. He said they mutually support the issue of Kashmir and Nagorno Karabakh dispute which testifies their understanding and convergence of views.
He said they called for complete return of Azeri land and also return of IDPs and refugees to their homes. He said he appreciated Azerbaijan’s support to Pakistan for Kashmir issue. The Prime Minister made it clear that this mutual support will remain in place till these outstanding issues are resolved.
He said they also signed a joint declaration which reflects their desire to enhance and diversify dynamic relationship.
The Prime Minister particularly mentioned the “Multan Saray” in Baku which has been named after the historic city of Multan and thus it is a testimony of historic links between the two peoples.
Prime Minister Sharif said they remained advocates of “peaceful neighbourhood’ and ‘ peace for development” in spite of naked aggression from others.
However, the courage to remain steadfast to the principles of peace must never be mistaken for weakness, he stressed.
“We noted with satisfaction that our political relations are steadily growing,” he said, adding that both countries agreed to further strengthen these relations in diverse fields.
He also lauded the socio economic development and progress of Azerbaijan under the dynamic leadership of Aliyev.
President Ilham Aliyev said they discussed plans for joint military exercises, purchase of hi-tech weapons from Pakistan and have full understanding in this area. He said the two countries would enter into joint production of defence equipment.
Azeri President said economic cooperation including agriculture, tourism and trade were also discussed. He said with electronic visa facility, Pakistani people can easily visit Azerbaijan.
He said, “Our relationship is based on history and there are many signs of Pakistani culture in Baku.” He also emphasised for addressing key areas like transportation so that there is greater communication of the two countries as well as other countries of the region.
He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the visit and was confident that it would further strengthen brotherly relations. He emphatically supported Pakistan on all issues including Kashmir and its resolution according to UN resolutions.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ilham Aliyev held wide-ranging talks covering all aspects of bilateral relations.
Nawaz said Pakistan and Azerbaijan are two brotherly countries and they need to greatly enhance the bilateral economic cooperation in diverse fields.
The Prime Minister said his government was pursuing the policy of regional connectivity and CPEC is a shining example. He said that the immense potential of our region needs to be fully exploited.
Aliyev said, “Pakistan had rich experience in the pharmaceutical sector and Azerbaijan would like to explore cooperation in that regard.”
He said Azerbaijan was sitting at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and could link them through transportation facilities.
On arrival at Presidential Palace “Zagulba,” the prime minister was warmly received, where a guard of honour was presented to him and a reception was hosted by Azerbaijan President in his honor.—INP/APP