Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Azer­bai­jan, Moldova out­line ways for fur­ther joint ac­tiv­i­ties

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and dy­nam­ics of the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Moldova were on the fo­cus of the lead­ers of the two coun­tries on June 22, as Pres­i­dent of Moldova Igor Dodon, paid an of­fi­cial visit to Baku.

A broad range of is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­ests and is­sues, con­cern­ing re­gional co­op­er­a­tion of the two coun­tries in the field of econ­omy within the frame­work of de­vel­op­ment of new trans­port cor­ri­dors and de­vel­op­ment of en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion were dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ings.

Mak­ing a state­ment on the re­sults of the visit Pres­i­dents of Azer­bai­jan and Moldova ap­praised the meet­ing as very sig­nif­i­cant in terms of fur­ther push­ing for­ward the joint ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev in par­tic­u­lar said that Azer­bai­jan and Moldova will con­tinue to strengthen po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions and joint work at in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“I would also like to note that the of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent of Moldova Mr. Dodon to Azer­bai­jan is one of his first of­fi­cial vis­its, and we re­gard it as a sign of re­spect for Azer­bai­jan. To­day we have also dis­cussed very widely the is­sues re­lated to trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. There is good po­ten­tial,” added the pres­i­dent.

The Pres­i­dent voiced im­por­tance of in­creas­ing the vol­ume of the bi­lat­eral trade turnover. “To do this, we ex­pect that a joint in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion, which hasn’t been meet­ing for a long time, to meet soon,” he said, adding that the meet­ing will dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing the mu­tual trade.

Pres­i­dent Aliyev said that the com­mis­sion will fur­ther dis­cuss the in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and in­fra­struc­ture projects, in which com­pa­nies from the two coun­tries can jointly par­tic­i­pate.

“In other words, these is­sues are also of great im­por­tance, be­cause to­day’s level of trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions, of course, can’t sat­isfy us. We know that there is a much big­ger po­ten­tial,” noted the pres­i­dent. “Mean­while, the co­op­er­a­tion in the field of en­ergy and trans­port has great prospects. We re­al­ize many trans­port and en­ergy projects in Azer­bai­jan, which have ex­ceeded the bor­ders of our coun­try, and it would be in­ter­est­ing to co­op­er­ate with the Moldovan part­ners in this di­rec­tion.”

“To­day we also mulled the is­sues of in­ter­re­gional re­la­tions. We have al­ready out­lined here the con­crete steps to struc­ture or for­mal­ize in­ter­re­gional re­la­tions be­tween var­i­ous re­gions of our coun­tries,” said Pres­i­dent Aliyev.

In turn, Pres­i­dent Dodon said that they dis­cussed a wide range of is­sues, mak­ing a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on econ­omy, pol­i­tics and so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian fields.

"There was a very long pause in the work of the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion as well. I have ex­pe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion,” the pres­i­dent said, adding he headed the Moldovan side in the Azer­bai­jani-Moldovan in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion for a few years.

The sides agreed to hold a meet­ing of the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion, which will be ac­com­pa­nied by a meet­ing of busi­ness­men from the two coun­tries in or­der to give a new impetus to our bi­lat­eral eco­nomic re­la­tions.

Dodon, in turn, in­vited Pres­i­dent Aliyev to pay an of­fi­cial visit to Moldova.

“The last of­fi­cial visit was in 2005. I very much hope that next year the Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan will have an op­por­tu­nity to visit Moldova, and within the frame­work of this visit we will al­ready see what has been done specif­i­cally up to that mo­ment,” he said.

Dodon ex­pressed hope that a meet­ing of the two coun­tries’ min­is­ters will be held this year in or­der to con­sider di­rectly the spe­cific projects and steps to co­op­er­ate more ac­tively.

“We cer­tainly have pos­i­tive dy­nam­ics in trade – there was a growth by more than 30 per­cent last year, but the vol­ume of about $5 mil­lion is a too small vol­ume. I hope that in the frame­work of the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal com­mis­sion, we will also be able to ar­range a visit of our en­trepreneurs to Baku so that they could meet with their po­ten­tial part­ners,” he added.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev shakes hands with Pres­i­dent Igor Dodon in Baku

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