ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has called for closer Pakistan-Azerbaijan cooperation for the development of political and economic relations between the two countries.
Talking to Azerbaijan Ambassador Ali Alizada in Islamabad today (Tuesday), he said Pak- Azerbaijan Parliamentary friendship group can be a forum to enhance these relations. He also stressed the need to reinvigorate Parliamentary Union of ECO Member states.
The Speaker said Azerbaijan being an important country in Asia can play its role in OIC and other regional forums to raise the plight of people of Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said Kashmir issue is a flash point of South Asia and may trigger escalation if not peacefully settled as per aspiration people of Kashmir.
Touching upon the issue of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Speaker said Pakistan has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh in accordance with the UN resolutions.
Referring to the CPEC, the Speaker said both of the countries can acquire a bigger volume of trade in the upcoming future. He suggested closer interaction between Commerce and Agriculture Committees of both the legislatures for further enhancing mutual trade and economic ties.
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan said his country also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said his country wholeheartedly supports Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir. He said Azerbaijan stands with Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination. He expressed gratitude to the government of Pakistan for extending diplomatic support on issue of Nagorno Karabakh.