By Aynur Jafarova
Azerbaijan and Jordan have appraised the historical, religious and moral ties between the nations of the two countries.
The discussions were held between the head of parliamentary working group on Azerbaijan-Jordan interparliamentary relations, Nariman Aliyev, and the head of Jordan-Azerbaijan friendship group of the Jordanian House of Representatives, Hazem Qashou, on October 3, AzerTag state news agency reported.
Aliyev said the Azerbaijani government has always paid special attention to the development of relations with Jordan and stressed the role of friendship and solidarity between the heads of the two states in the development of these relations.
Touching upon the prospects for the interparliamentary relations, he said up to now more than 40 important documents have been signed between the two countries.
He also stressed successive cooperation between the delegations of the two countries within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Touching upon the current situation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Aliyev said a lot of Azerbaijanis had been killed during the conflict. He said 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territories had been kept under occupation by Armenia.
"Azerbaijan backs the settlement of the conflict, which is a threat to regional security, within international legal norms," he added.
Qashou, for his part, congratulated the Azerbaijani people on the occasion of the holiday of world Muslims - Eid al-Adha and said the Jordanian government is keen on expanding relations with Azerbaijan, and lauded ties between the two nations.
"Jordan is one of the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan's territorial integrity," he said, noting the importance of strengthening economic relations and intensification of reciprocal visits of parliamentarians.
He also expressed hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute would be settled soon within international legal norms.
The sides also exchanged views over prospects for Azerbaijan-Jordan relations.
The Jordan Kingdom relates to Azerbaijan as reliable economic and political ally. Jordan repeatedly voiced intention to activate ties with Azerbaijan, which turns recently to the leading country in South Caucasus and to invest heavily in economy of the country.
Amman and Baku also have ambitious plans to expand their cooperation in education, culture and other fields to serve the interests of their peoples.