Azer­bai­jan, Aus­tralia eye ways to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in sev­eral ar­eas

Azer News - - Nation - By Amina Nazarli

Aus­tralia sup­ports sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan, said Con­cetta Fier­ra­vanti-Wells, the Aus­tralian Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and the Pa­cific Hon as she met with Azer­bai­jani FM El­mar Mam­mad­yarov in Baku.

Con­cetta Fier­ra­vanti-Wells was on a visit to Baku to at­tend an event mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and hold talks with top-of­fi­cials of Azer­bai­jan.

Mam­mad­yarov and Fier­ra­van­tiWells hailed the de­vel­op­ment of Azer­bai­jan-Aus­tralia bi­lat­eral re­la­tions. The min­is­ters em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of ex­pand­ing the le­gal frame­work and en­sur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic re­la­tions.

Fier­ra­vanti-Wells hailed the fact that she was the first Aus­tralian min­is­ter to visit Azer­bai­jan, say­ing a del­e­ga­tion of Aus­tralian busi­ness­men will travel to Azer­bai­jan this Oc­to­ber.

They also ex­changed views on the de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in ship­build­ing, agri­cul­ture, tourism and mine-clear­ance ar­eas.

Mam­mad­yarov fur­ther briefed the Aus­tralian Min­is­ter about the ne­go­ti­a­tions on the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict, say­ing the con­flict must be solved in line with the rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on the ba­sis of ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty of Azer­bai­jan within its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bor­ders.

The two un­der­lined the im­por­tance of par­lia­men­tary di­plo­macy in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, prais­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Aus­tralia-Azer­bai­jan In­ter­par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship Group in this re­gard.

The ways of de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries` legislative bod­ies were the main topic of dis­cus­sions be­tween Speaker of the Azer­bai­jani Par­lia­ment Og­tay Asadov and Con­cetta Fier­ra­vanti-Wells.

Asadov noted that this kind of vis­its con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­par­lia­men­tary ties. He hailed huge po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ing trade and po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion and the Azer­bai­jan-Aus­tralia diplo­matic re­la­tions. Fier­ra­vanti-Wells, in turn, ex­pressed her con­fi­dence that bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries will fur­ther de­velop. She hailed the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing Azer­bai­jan-Aus­tralia in­ter­par­lia­men­tary ties.

In Baku, Fier­ra­vanti-Wells also took part in a cer­e­mony mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The event was also at­tended by Chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Re­la­tions Samad Seyi­dov, Head of the Azer­bai­jan-Aus­tralia in­ter­par­lia­men­tary friend­ship group, MP Khan­lar Fatiyev and oth­ers.

Fier­ra­vanti-Wells noted that af­ter the col­lapse of the Soviet Union, Aus­tralia rec­og­nized the in­de­pen­dence of Azer­bai­jan and diplo­matic re­la­tions were es­tab­lished be­tween the two coun­tries.

Dur­ing these years, the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries de­vel­oped along a grow­ing line and reached a high level. A num­ber of doc­u­ments on co­op­er­a­tion were also signed be­tween the two coun­tries in a num­ber of ar­eas.

Azer­bai­jan and Aus­tralia have great po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ing re­la­tions, she said, stress­ing that both coun­tries are ef­fec­tively co­op­er­at­ing in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

Aus­tralian spe­cial­ists took part in or­ga­niz­ing the first Euro­pean Games, For­mula 1 com­pe­ti­tions, the 4th Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games and other in­ter­na­tional events in Azer­bai­jan, ac­cord­ing to her.

“I can say with sat­is­fac­tion that the num­ber of Aus­tralian tourists in Azer­bai­jan is in­creas­ing,” she added.

In turn, Seyi­dov said that af­ter the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions, co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries went a long way of de­vel­op­ment.

He noted that Aus­tralia has al­ways sup­ported the sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan. "This po­si­tion of Aus­tralia is of great im­por­tance for Azer­bai­jan," Seyi­dov said.

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