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Japan keen to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan

6 May 2016 11:33 (UTC+04:00)
Japan keen to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan

By Nigar Abbaseva

Japan is keen to develop its cooperation in a number of areas with Azerbaijan and is interested in broader economic cooperation.

Tanaka Kazunori, head of international relations division of the Chamber of Representatives of the ruling liberal-democrat party of Japan who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan mentioned the great importance of Azerbaijan for Japan and underlined great opportunities for further development.

“Japan mainly cooperates with Azerbaijan in the energy and oil spheres,” Tanaka Kazunori said.

Tanaka also expressed his hope for further development and extension of relations between the two countries in the spheres of IT and science. Azerbaijan is an attractive country for the activities of private companies.

Tanaka expressed his satisfaction with the sustainable development of amicable relations between Japan and Azerbaijan ever since the two countries established diplomatic ties.

He also expressed his hope for further strengthening of the cooperation of parliaments between the two countries and noted the importance of enhancing dialogue between the two governments at various levels, including the expansion of exchange between the members of the parliament of the two countries with a view to foster the ties.

“We would really appreciate if Azerbaijani parliamentarians enhance frequency of their visits to Japan, and parliamentarians from Japan pay frequent visits to Azerbaijan respectively,” Tanaka Kazunori said.

He voiced his hope that Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will realize his scheduled visit to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the cooperation with Japan, which is a well-developed country with high-tech manufacturing and services sectors and is the third-largest economy of the world.

The two countries enjoy friendly relations and cooperate on various platforms. Japan and Azerbaijan established the Friendship Association on March 4, 2015, while both parliaments interact through friendship groups called Azerbaijan-Japan Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group and Japan-Azerbaijan Inter-parliamentary Friendship League.

Delegation from Japan was on an official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of the ruling New Azerbaijan party.

During the visit, the Japanese delegation met with Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmadov. The sides mulled issues of bilateral cooperation between the parties, and the two states.

Tanaka Kazunori stressed the importance of his visit to Azerbaijan, saying it aims to develop friendly relations between the two countries.

Ahmadov in turn voiced belief that development of relations between the New Azerbaijan Party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan would contribute to the strengthening of the two countries` ties.

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