Dr Alvi praises outgoing ambassador’s efforts in promoting Pakistan-Azerbaijan bilateral relations
President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday praised the efforts of the outgoing Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada for further promoting and strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Ali Alizada who enjoyed popularity, very few diplomats could claim, with the Pakistani community, particularly youth, students, civil society, media and academia was paying a farewell call on the President at the Aiwan-e-Sadr ahead of his return to Azerbaijan upon completion of his diplomatic stint.
President Alvi said Pakistan highly valued its ties with Azerbaijan which are based on strong historic, cultural and religious bonds.
He stated that the two brotherly countries needed to further enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation through taking concrete measures, including exchange of trade delegations.
The president stated that the two countries enjoyed excellent cooperation at various international fora which needed to be further expanded in the areas of trade, economy and culture for the mutual benefit of the two sides.
He congratulated the Azerbaijan ambassador on the liberation of the region of the Nagorno-Karabakh from the occupying Armenian forces in November last year.
Azerbaijan forces and leadership displayed heroic resolve against the military aggression and freed the region which was occupied for decades.
The president also appreciated Azerbaijan’s support to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Global Initiative on Debt Relief and the charity work of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, under the patronage of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, in Pakistan.
Ambassador Ali Alizada termed his stay in Pakistan a memorable period of his life. Pakistan he said was like a second home to him and wherever he went people of Pakistan extended great hospitality and friendliness to him.
Ambassador Ali Alizada emphasized the need to increase cooperation in the areas of trade, tourism and promote people-to-people contacts so as to bring the two brotherly countries further closer.
The president lauded the contribution of the outgoing Ambassador towards cementing bilateral relations and wished him the best of luck for the days ahead.