China, Azer­bai­jan to deepen se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Il­ham Aliyev met in Baku with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s spe­cial envoy Meng Jianzhu, and the two sides agreed to fur­ther deepen bi­lat­eral ties and strengthen anti-ter­ror­ism and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion.

China and Azer­bai­jan shared com­mon in­ter­ests and con­cerns in anti-ter­ror­ism, said Meng, mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) and head of the Com­mis­sion for Po­lit­i­cal and Le­gal Af­fairs of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

He ex­pressed hope that the two coun­tries’ se­cu­rity de­part­ments will con­tinue to deepen mu­tual trust and con­duct co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing, in the fight against re­li­gious ex­trem­ists, ter­ror­ists and sep­a­ratists so as to main­tain sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the two coun­tries and the whole re­gion. For his part, Aliyev said that Azer­bai­jan re­gards China as a friendly and brotherly coun­try. The high-level of po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries and their prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields con­trib­ute to main­tain­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity, he said. Azer­bai­jan sup­ports China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, and con­demns any at­tempts to split China, said Aliyev.

The pres­i­dent said his coun­try is ready to boost co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese se­cu­rity and law en­force­ment de­part­ments in in­for­ma­tion­shar­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Azer­bai­jan is also will­ing to col­lec­tively fight ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism, sep­a­ratism, cy­ber at­tacks and other transna­tional crimes with China in or­der to safe­guard se­cu­rity and devel­op­ment in both coun­tries, he added.

Aliyev vis­ited China last year and reached im­por­tant con­sen­sus on strate­gic devel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with Xi. Meng’s visit is to im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus reached by the two lead­ers last year, pro­mote bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in anti-ter­ror­ism, se­cu­rity and law en­force­ment, so as to fur­ther bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

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