Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the development of relations with African countries on bilateral and multilateral basis, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said, the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a message on November 10.
Mammadyarov made the remarks in Ethopia at the meeting with African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui.
Mammadyarov said that the states of the continent and Azerbaijan have wide opportunities for cooperation in the political, economic, humanitarian, scientific and other spheres in the context of the South-South cooperation.
Mammadyarov emphasized that as the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2012-2013, Azerbaijan paid particular attention to the peace and security problems of the African continent.
He also spoke about Azerbaijan’s contribution to ensuring peace and security at regional and international levels.
Smail Chergui stated that the visit has made a significant contribution to the development of dialogue and cooperation between the African Union and Azerbaijan.
During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction with expanding relations of Azerbaijan with the African Union as an observer state and exchange of high-level mutual visits.
The sides stressed the importance of continuation of dialogue and consultations, organizing the visits of delegations and the exchange of experience in areas of mutual interest between the African Union and Azerbaijan.
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