By Laman Ismayilova
Baku has hosted political consultations between the foreign ministries of Azerbaijan and Palestine.
The consultations were chaired by Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov and Assistant to the Palestinian Foreign Minister for Asia, Africa, and Austria, Mazen Shamiyah, Azertac reported.
Khalafov, addressing the meeting, said that Azerbaijan-Palestine ties, which have historical roots, are developing successfully. He stressed that Azerbaijan comprehensively supports Palestine at the international level.
The Deputy FM further informed the Palestinian delegation about Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Mazen Shamiyah in turn said Palestine is interested in expanding the mutually beneficial cooperation with Azerbaijan in all areas, adding that Palestine highly appreciates Azerbaijan’s humanitarian aid and support at the international level.
The Assistant to the Palestinian Foreign Minister said his country backs Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Khalafov further hailed Azerbaijan’s role and importance in strengthening the Islamic solidarity among Muslim states, emphasizing 2017 was declared a “Year of Islamic Solidarity” in Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev’s order. He also noted that Azerbaijan will host the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in 2017.
The sides discussed ways of increasing high-level mutual visits between Azerbaijan and Palestine, boosting the cooperation in the agricultural, humanitarian, tourism, culture, and educational areas.
Azerbaijan and Palestine has good bilateral relations, covering a variety of areas from political to cultural. Many Palestinian students study in Azerbaijani universities for doctors, engineers, politicians.
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