Azerbaijan, Australia eye ways to expand cooperation in several areas
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.