Bogota strives to de­velop re­la­tions with Baku

Azer News - - Nation - By Amina Nazarli

Azer­bai­jan and Colom­bia are keen on de­vel­op­ing co­op­er­a­tion in many ar­eas, in­clud­ing econ­omy, agri­cul­ture, trade and tourism.

The topic was dis­cussed in Baku, as President Il­ham Aliyev re­ceived For­eign Min­is­ter of Colom­bia María Án­gela Hol­guín Cuél­lar, who was on a visit to the coun­try.

They hailed good op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ing Azer­bai­jan-Colom­bia co­op­er­a­tion in a num­ber of fields and un­der­lined both coun­tries' in­ter­est in ex­pand­ing th­ese ties.

Cuél­lar praised the open­ing of the Colom­bian Em­bassy in Azer­bai­jan, adding that they op­er­ate to­gether with Peru and Mex­ico, mem­ber coun­tries of the Pa­cific Al­liance.

Hail­ing Azer­bai­jan`s huge op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Colom­bian min­is­ter un­der­lined her coun­try's readi­ness to work with Azer­bai­jan to boost the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

Cuél­lar briefed the head of state on on­go­ing pro­cesses in her coun­try, say­ing con­struc­tion work started in Colom­bia after a peace agree­ment was reached as a re­sult of a long-last­ing con­flict in the coun­try. She added that a num­ber of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment pro­jects were im­ple­mented in Colom­bia.

In turn, President Aliyev em­pha­sized that the de­vel­op­ment of re­gions and agri­cul­ture is one of the key pri­or­ity is­sues in Azer­bai­jan too, high­light­ing the re­forms car­ried out in the coun­try in this re­gard.

On the next day, Cuél­lar met with her Azer­bai­jani coun­ter­part El­mar Mam­mad­yarov. The min­is­ters ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in the po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue.

They noted the im­por­tance of re­cip­ro­cal vis­its to fos­ter the ties and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Colom­bia and Azer­bai­jan. Cuél­lar and Mam­mad­yarov em­pha­sized that ex­change of per­ma­nent diplo­matic pres­ence in both coun­tries has pro­vided ad­di­tional im­pe­tus to fur­ther­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

The min­is­ters re­it­er­ated their mu­tual re­spect and sup­port to each other’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, sovereignty and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bor­ders. They also em­pha­sized the in­ad­mis­si­bil­ity of the use of force for the ac­qui­si­tion of ter­ri­tory.

The min­is­ters em­pha­sized the wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion in the eco­nomic, trade, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism, agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, lo­gis­tics, in­vest­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian sec­tors. In ed­u­ca­tion, the ex­change of stu­dents and schol­ars was par­tic­u­larly high­lighted.

The Colom­bian FM’s visit to the re­gions of Azer­bai­jan – Ha­ji­ga­bul, Kur­damir, Goy­chay, and Za­gatala had the purpose of strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion to pro­duce hazel­nut and pomegranates, con­sid­er­ing its fu­ture con­tri­bu­tion as a pro­duc­tive project, im­por­tant for Colom­bia’s peace build­ing.

The min­is­ters ex­pressed as­sur­ance that agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion signed dur­ing the visit of Mam­mad­yarov to Colom­bia (at the beg­ging of June) will boost co­op­er­a­tion in the field of cul­ture and tourism.

They men­tioned the special role of par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy in ex­pand­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion. They also high­lighted the ac­tiv­i­ties of Azer­bai­jan-Colom­bia Par­lia­men­tary Friend­ship.

Mam­mad­yarov fur­ther ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the doc­u­ments adopted by the Se­nate of Colom­bia, namely the res­o­lu­tion on “Il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­to­ries of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan” and doc­u­ment on the 25th an­niver­sary of Kho­jaly Geno­cide.

Colom­bia is the sec­ond coun­try in Latin Amer­ica [the first coun­try is Mex­ico], the Se­nate of which adopted a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries by Ar­me­nia and as­sess­ing the events in Kho­jaly in 1992 as an act of geno­cide.

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