China, Azerbaijan to deepen security cooperation
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.