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