Pak­istan-Azer­bai­jan Re­la­tions –Reach­ing a New Mo­men­tum and New Spring

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SMuham­mad Asif Noor Direc­tor, In­sti­tute of Peace and Diplo­matic Stud­ies, Islamabad, Pak­istan pring of re­la­tion­ship be­tween Islamabad and Baku fur­ther blos­somed when Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan Mr.Mam­noon broth­erly coun­try. The love was in the air and con­ge­nial­ity of re­la­tions took new shape and heights dur­ing and af­ter the visit. Four MoUs of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion were signed while Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain had also con­ferred Pak­istan’s high­est civil award of “Hi­lal-e-Pak­istan” upon the First Lady of Azer­bai­jan, Madam Mehriban Aliyeva, in recog­ni­tion of her ser­vices to the peo­ple of Pak­istan and con­tin­u­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian work, span­ning over a decade, by her or­ga­ni­za­tion “Hy­der Aliyev Foun­da­tion” in Kash­mir and other parts of Pak­istan. Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan was also given hon­orary doc­tor­ate de­gree in recog­ni­tion of the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to en­hanc­ing friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion. Am­bas­sadors of both coun­tries Mr.Dash­gin Shikarov and Mr.Khalid Us­man Qaiser also de­serve the praise for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion for mak­ing this visit a suc­cess, for both coun­tries. Sev­eral high level talks in­clud­ing busi­ness fo­rum and dis­cus­sions were done to ex­pand bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in di­verse sec­tors par­tic­u­larly trade, econ­omy and strate­gic part­ner­ship of both coun­tries at var­i­ous lev­els. Pres­i­dent of Pak­istan was ac­com­pa­nied by the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for De­fense Pro­duc­tions, se­nior in­dus­tri­al­ists and traders. The busi­ness­men were from in­fra­struc­ture, con­struc­tion ma­te­rial, sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments, food prod­ucts and leather good. A joint dec­la­ra­tion was is­sued af­ter the meet­ing of both Pres­i­dents. Pak­istan and Azer­bai­jan are hav­ing ex­cep­tional re­la­tions since the in­cep­tion of re­la­tions. Th­ese are based on cul­tural, his­tory, tra­di­tions, po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, re­li­gious and strate­gic part­ner­ship and sense of to­geth­er­ness that be­gan when Pak­istan be­came the sec­ond coun­try af­ter Turkey which rec­og­nized the in­de­pen­dence of Azer­bai­jan. Pak­istan has also, in its clear terms, ex­tended sup­port to Azer­bai­jan’s po­si­tions on the is­sue of Nagorno-Karabakh hos­tile and ag­gres­sive pol­icy and is not hav­ing any diplo­matic re­la­tions with Ar­me­nia due to oc­cu­pa­tion of adopt a par­lia­men­tary res­o­lu­tion that strongly con­demns the geno­cide com­mit­ted by Ar­me­nian armed units against the civil­ians in Kho­jaly city and urged in­ter­na­tional Coun­cil. On the other hand, de­spite hav­ing diplo­matic links with In­dia, Azer­bai­jan has al­ways been sup­port­ive to Pak­istan’s stand on Kash­mir is­sue and has al­ways stood by Pak­istan on ev­ery in­ter­na­tional and re­gional fo­rum. Both coun­tries have al­ways sup­ported each other on the in­ter­na­tional arena. gi­ant step was the estab­lish­ment of Pak­istan-Azer­bai­jan Busi­ness Fo­rum and then later its in­au­gu­ra­tion dur­ing the visit. The aim of the fo­rum is meant to en­hance eco­nomic link­ages be­tween busi­ness­men of both coun­tries hence hav­ing pos­i­tive im­pact over the fu­ture of re­la­tions. It was ex­plored that there are sev­eral sec­tors where busi­ness­men from both sec­tors can come to­gether to ex­plore sev­eral sec­tors like de­fense equip­ment, oil and gas, gar­ments, con­struc­tion ma­te­rial, phar­macy, agri­cul­ture, and other to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in trade, in­vest­ment, trans­port, tourism, ed­u­ca­tion and science and tech­nol­ogy. Pak­istan can learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of Azer­bai­jan in oil and gas sec­tor hence im­prove the qual­ity of en­ergy sec­tor. On the and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor.

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