Pres­i­dent Aliyev: In­ter-par­lia­men­tary ties to de­velop fur­ther be­tween Azer­bai­jan, Turkey

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion led by Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey Bi­nali Yildirim on Au­gust 29.

The head of state con­grat­u­lated Bi­nali Yildirim on his elec­tion as Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey.

Il­ham Aliyev em­pha­sized Bi­nali Yildirim’s con­tri­bu­tion to the strength­en­ing of Turk­ish-Azer­bai­jani broth­erly re­la­tions and to im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars project dur­ing his ten­ure as prime min­is­ter and in other po­si­tions.

Not­ing that the friendly and broth­erly re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Turkey are de­vel­op­ing in all ar­eas, the Pres­i­dent un­der­lined great im­por­tance of the joint global pro­jects im­ple­mented by the two coun­tries, in­clud­ing Baku-Tbil­isi-Cey­han, TANAP and Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars.

The head of state said that Turkey and Azer­bai­jan have al­ways sup­ported each other and are to­gether to­day.

Il­ham Aliyev ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that in­ter-par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries will suc­cess­fully de­velop dur­ing Bi­nali Yildirim’s ten­ure as Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey, and wished him suc­cess on this post.

Hail­ing the suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of the friendly and broth­erly re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, Bi­nali Yildirim ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that these ties will con­tinue to strengthen.

Yildirim said he is glad to pay his first of­fi­cial visit as Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey to Azer­bai­jan. He said Azer­bai­jan has made great strides since his first visit to the coun­try 15 years ago, adding that Azer­bai­jan's progress is a source of great joy for Turkey.

As part of his visit, Yildirim held a meet­ing with Chair­man of Azer­bai­jani par­lia­ment Og­tay Asadov, where Turk­ish of­fi­cial noted that it is im­por­tant to fur­ther de­velop cul­tural ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

Speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly noted that dis­cus­sions on the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral and regional co­op­er­a­tion, in­ter­par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions be­tween Turkey and Azer­bai­jan will be held in the course of the visit.

He went on to say that the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries are at the per­fect level, not­ing that very close and ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion has been es­tab­lished in all spheres.

Yildirim also noted the im­por­tance of fur­ther ex­pan­sion of cul­tural ties be­tween Turkey and Azer­bai­jan, which en­joy fra­ter­nal and friendly re­la­tions.

In his turn, Asadov stated that the re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Turkey are de­vel­op­ing in all di­rec­tions. The po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries are at a high level, he said adding that the mu­tual vis­its of the heads of state play an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of these re­la­tions.

Asadov went on to say that the trade turnover be­tween the two coun­tries is es­ti­mated in bil­lions of dol­lars.

In 2017, the bi­lat­eral trade reached $ 2.6 bil­lion and it was $1.9 bil­lion in the first half of this year, he said, not­ing that both coun­tries are work­ing hard to in­crease the trade value.

Asadov also touched upon joint regional pro­jects be­ing im­ple­mented by the two coun­tries, and said that these pro­jects will greatly help im­prove the wel­fare of both coun­tries.

He added that the re­la­tions be­tween the par­lia­ments of the two coun­tries also con­stantly ex­pand, not­ing that 59 Azer­bai­jani MPs are mem­bers of the Turkey-Azer­bai­jan in­ter­par­lia­men­tary friend­ship group.

In the course of the visit, Yildirim also met with Prime Min­is­ter Novruz Mam­madov.

They hailed the cur­rent state of Azer­bai­jan-Turkey re­la­tions, and stressed the im­por­tance of high-level re­cip­ro­cal vis­its in terms of ex­pand­ing ties be­tween the two broth­erly coun­tries.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Bi­nali Yildirim on his ap­point­ment as speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly of Turkey, Mam­madov hailed the fact that Bi­nali Yildirim paid his first visit to Azer­bai­jan as par­lia­ment speaker.

Re­call­ing the words of na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev “One na­tion, two states”, the prime min­is­ter said that re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Turkey are at the high­est peak. “Our coun­tries are co­op­er­at­ing in all spheres, share the same po­si­tion on all is­sues, and al­ways sup­port each other in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions,” Mam­madov said.

He noted that the close friend­ship be­tween the pres­i­dents of Azer­bai­jan and Turkey plays an im­por­tant role in strength­en­ing ties be­tween the two coun­tries. High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the jointly im­ple­mented global pro­jects, the prime min­is­ter praised re­la­tions be­tween the leg­isla­tive bodies of the two broth­erly coun­tries.

Speak­ing about the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, Mam­madov pointed out that Turkey al­ways stands by and sup­ports Azer­bai­jan on the set­tle­ment of the dis­pute.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Novruz Mam­madov on his ap­point­ment as prime min­is­ter of Azer­bai­jan, Yildirim said that it has al­ready be­come a tra­di­tion that upon their ap­point­ment the two coun­tries` of­fi­cials pay their first of­fi­cial vis­its to the broth­erly coun­try.

Yildirim re­called the words of Ataturk “The joy of Azer­bai­jan is our joy and its grief is our grief.”

The speaker of the Grand Na­tional As­sem­bly un­der­lined that Turkey has al­ways de­fended Azer­bai­jan`s fair stance on the set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

Azer­bai­jan and Turkey en­joy strong and de­vel­op­ing eco­nomic ties, es­pe­cially in terms of huge en­ergy pro­jects on the trans­porta­tion of Azer­bai­jan's oil and gas re­sources to the Euro­pean and world mar­kets through the Turk­ish ter­ri­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Cus­toms Com­mit­tee of Azer­bai­jan, the trade turnover with Turkey in 2017 was $2.64 bil­lion, $1.37 bil­lion of which falls for ex­port. Thus, the trade turnover be­tween the two coun­tries in 2017 grew by 14.8 per­cent.

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