By Aynur Jafarova
Azerbaijan and Tajikistan intend to resume direct flights between the two countries' capitals, Baku and Dushanbe, the Azerbaijani embassy in Tajikistan reported on December 19.
The issue was discussed at a meeting between Azerbaijani ambassador to Tajikistan Abbasali Hasanov and Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov held on December 19.
At the meeting, Hasanov thanked the Tajik official for his warm reception and congratulated Aslov on his appointment as the new foreign minister of Tajikistan.
He further handed Aslov a letter from Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, containing sincere congratulations and an invitation to pay an official visit to Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani ambassador also expressed satisfaction with the pace of development of bilateral relations and informed Aslov of the embassy's activities in 2013 such as organizing an event devoted to the 90th anniversary of Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev.
Hasanov also informed about the embassy's tasks for 2014.
Aslov, for his part, welcomed the congratulations and appreciated Azerbaijan's activity as part of the UN Security Council.
The two sides also stressed on the importance of implementing the signed documents, including the exchange of experience between the different ministries of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.
Tajik Foreign minister also highlighted the need to use the existing potential to expand bilateral relations in economic, scientific-cultural, and humanitarian fields.
The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on May 29, 1992. Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Tajikistan increased by 2.8 times and amounted to $44 million in 2012.
The two countries have so far signed nearly 40 agreements, including free trade, promotion of mutual investments, and double taxation avoidance.