By Aisha Jabbarova
President Ilham Aliyev has said that Azerbaijan and Belarus will continue cooperation in military, technical and other spheres.
Receiving the visiting Defense Minister of Belarus Viktor Khrenin on May 18, Aliyev said that the cooperation between the two countries has a long history, adding that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s recent visit to Azerbaijan confirmed the strength of these relations.
Aliyev also told Khrenin that Azerbaijan has invited Belarusian companies to participate in the restoration of territories liberated from the Armenian occupation in the last year’s war.
“As far as I know, there is already interest in participating in these issues. Also, in the near future, a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan will visit Belarus within the framework of agreements that were reached during the visit of the President."
Furthermore, the president spoke about the destruction and Armenian vandalism in Azerbaijan’s formerly-occupied territories.
In turn, Minister Khrenin said that the exchange of visits at a high level always indicates that we have good and excellent interaction and cooperation.
He reiterated President Lukashenko’s words that “Azerbaijan has reliable support in Central Europe through Belarus, and Belarus through Azerbaijan has reliable friends in the Caucasus.”
“Azerbaijan has traditionally been our friend and ally, has always played an important role both in the regional and international political arena. I would like to express our gratitude to you personally for your support on global platforms, for political support first of all for the Republic of Belarus,” the minister said.
The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war ended with the Russia-brokered peace deal signed on November 10 by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.
The trilateral peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers and historic Shusha city. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since early 1990s.
Earlier, President Ilham Aliye said that companies from friendly countries would be invited to reconstruct Azerbaijan's newly-liberated territories.
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