De­vel­op­ment of Nakhchivan-Tur­key ties have en­cour­ag­ing ef­fects

Azer News - - Nation - By Aygul Sal­manova

The meet­ing of Chair­man of the Supreme Assem­bly of Azer­bai­jan’s Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic Vasif Tal­i­bov and the Prime Min­is­ter of the Turk­ish Repub­lic Bi­nali Yildirim was held in Nakhchivan on De­cem­ber 20.

Dur­ing the visit to Nakhchivan the Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by the Fam­ily and So­cial Pol­icy Min­is­ter Fatma Bethul Sayan Kaya, the head of the De­part­ment for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Ali Er­bash, and the deputy head of the Turk­ish Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party Ravza Kavakchi.

Touch­ing upon the his­tory of ed­u­ca­tion and mod­ern de­vel­op­ment of the Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic, Tal­i­bov said that Nakhchivan was formed on the ba­sis of the in­ter­na­tional Kars Treaty signed in 1921. The Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic, which is an au­ton­o­mous state within the Azer­bai­jan Repub­lic, has its own con­sti­tu­tion, par­lia­ment, ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­cial power, he noted.

“On the an­cient land of the Azer­bai­jani Turks, Nakhchivan, there are more than 1,200 Tur­kic-Is­lamic cul­tural mon­u­ments. The city of Nakhchivan, which has a 5,000 yearold ur­ban cul­ture, was elected as the Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture for 2018,” he added.

It was noted that, de­spite the block­ade con­di­tions that have been go­ing on for more than 25 years, food and en­ergy se­cu­rity has been en­sured in the Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic, op­por­tu­ni­ties for using al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources and the vol­ume of lo­cal pro­duc­tion have been ex­panded.

Chair­man of the Supreme Assem­bly noted that friendly and fra­ter­nal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, which have risen to­day to the level of strate­gic part­ner­ship, were de­vel­op­ing in ac­cor­dance with the will of the pres­i­dents of the two coun­tries and served as an ex­am­ple for the whole world: “Azer­bai­jan and Tur­key were con­stantly sup­port­ing each other in the in­ter­na­tional arena, and are tak­ing the same po­si­tion.”

Not­ing that the Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic also plays an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of the Azer­bai­jani-Turk­ish re­la­tions, Tal­i­bov stressed that the de­vel­op­ment of ties in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, health, cul­ture, trade, econ­omy and army con­struc­tion had en­cour­ag­ing ef­fects.

“The share of the Repub­lic of Tur­key in the for­eign trade turnover of Nakhchivan has in­creased by $2 mil­lion over the 11 months of this year com­pared to last year and amounted to $7,685,000,” Tal­i­bov noted. “Ac­cord­ing to the new de­ci­sion on reg­u­la­tion adopted by the gov­ern­ment of Tur­key, the pro­duc­tion en­ter­prises of the Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic are given the op­por­tu­nity of free trade in the ex­port of prod­ucts to Tur­key, which is also im­por­tant in terms of in­creas­ing the for­eign trade turnover.”

Stress­ing that the peo­ples of Azer­bai­jan and Tur­key had his­tor­i­cally been to­gether, Tal­i­bov said that the visit of the Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter to Nakhchivan was an in­di­ca­tor of the high level of these ties.

Yildirim, ex­press­ing his sat­is­fac­tion with the fact that he was again in the an­cient Nakhchivan af­ter nine years, said that over the past pe­riod Nakhchivan had achieved great de­vel­op­ment.

He noted that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries had de­vel­oped rapidly over the past 15 years, the re­cently com­mis­sioned Baku -Tbil­isi -Kars rail­way line oc­cu­pied a spe­cial place in the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of ties. The high level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Tur­key and Azer­bai­jan in the field of econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, mil­i­tary and other spheres was also high­lighted. Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, the par­ties also held an ex­change of views on the prospects for de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Igdir and Nakhchivan air­ports.

The Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic, which forms the sole link be­tween Tur­key and Azer­bai­jan, has a spe­cific place in terms of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions of the two coun­tries. Nakhchivan is phys­i­cally sep­a­rate from Azer­bai­jan can be de­scribed as “Turk­ish Gate”, which forms the point of di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Tur­key.

In gen­eral, Azer­bai­jan and Tur­key are suc­cess­fully co­op­er­at­ing in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, en­ergy, mil­i­tary, sci­en­tific, tech­ni­cal, cul­tural and other spheres. The trade turnover be­tween the coun­tries amounted to $1.96 bil­lion in Jan­uary-Septem­ber 2017, which demon­strated a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease as com­pared to the same pe­riod of last year.

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