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Pakistan, Azerbaijan discuss steps to enhance cooperation

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Pakistan and Azerbaijan Thursday discussed measures to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple spheres including defence, trade and commerce besides agreeing to increase land and aerial linkages.

The bilateral ties were discussed during the delegation-level talks between the two countries at the foreign ministry during the visit of Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jeyhun Bayramov led their respective sides during the talks which also focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation in fields of education, culture, and technology.

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Earlier, on his arrival, Foreign Minister Qureshi received his Azeri counterpart who also planted a sapling at the ministry’s lawn.

Welcoming the foreign dignitary, Qureshi said both the countries enjoyed relationships based on similar religious and cultural values. The unanimity of views between the two countries on regional and international forums was also pleasing, he added.

The foreign minister also congratulated government and people of Azerbaijan over the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and reiterated Pakistan’s stance of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

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Qureshi said as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision, Pakistan desired to enhance its economic ties with Azerbaijan.

Both the foreign minister particularly underlined the need for enriching bilateral cooperation in the field of energy.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistan had introduced new visa policy to promote people to people contacts as well as trade cooperation.

Qureshi highlighted the adverse economic impacts of COVID-19 and Pakistan’s much-appreciated smart lockdown strategy.

Both sides agreed to make joint efforts for tackling the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The foreign minister also thanked Azerbaijan for constant support to Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir and called for world community’s role to bring an end to unabated Indian oppression and atrocities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Later, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between both countries to enhance cooperation to tackle natural calamities.

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The MoU was signed by both the foreign ministers. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt. General Akhtar Nawaz was also present.

Courtesy: APP

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