By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan and Turkey will multiply joint efforts in the fight against terrorism.
The need to boost cooperation in this sphere was noted by Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister Umit Yalcin during a meeting in Baku on December 21.
The Azerbaijani minister once again offered condolences to the government and people of Turkey over the recent terror attacks in the country.
Yalcin expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan for the resolute position with regard to the recent events in Turkey.
Mammadyarov informed the Turkish diplomat about the negotiation process on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and praised Ankara’s fair and resolute position in this issue.
Turkey became the first state to recognize Azerbaijan, which declared its independence in 1991.
The Azerbaijan-Turkey relations are multifaceted and at strategic level. Intense high level contacts are the main driving main force of the bilateral relations. Visiting each other’s countries immediately after assuming the office or in the wake of developments with symbolic importance became a tradition.
With the aim of further strengthening bilateral relations, the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSC) mechanism was established in 2010 at the Presidential level. The Council was convened five times so far and the last round was held this March in Ankara.
Turkey contributes to efforts aimed at the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty through peaceful means.
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