Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his visit to Azerbaijan, will underscore the need for a key focus on economic cooperation, including trade and investment in his talks in Baku, the Foreign Office said.
The Prime Minister, along with a high-level delegation, left for Azerbaijan Republic on Thursday on his first three-day [October 13-15] official visit to the country on the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev.
During his stay in Baku, according to Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, the Prime Minister will hold talks with President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister ArturTahir Rasizade.
He said the leaders will discuss bilateral relations while economic cooperation, including trade and investment, will be the key focus of their talks.
They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, with particular attention to the situation in South Asia and Pakistan’s policy of peaceful neighbourhood, he said adding a joint declaration is expected to be signed during the visit.
“Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoy close and co-operative relations, which are underpinned by commonalties of history, culture and faith.
These ties are characterised by mutual respect, shared perceptions and common desire to promote peace, stability and development in the region,” he said.
He further said the mutual support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is a testimony to the close understanding between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.
The two countries also share common views on major regional and international issues and cooperate closely in the regional and multilateral forums, including the UN, the OIC and the ECO, he added.
He said that the visit to Azerbaijan is reflective of the Prime Minister’s vision to enhance and strengthen Pakistan’s relations with the neighbouring and regional countries.
“Pakistan accords high priority to its deep historical and cultural bonds with the regional countries and is committed to expanding co-operative relations with them,” he added.
Pakistan was among the first few countries that recognised the independence of Azerbaijan in October 1991, established diplomatic relations and opened a resident mission in Baku. -Business Recorder