2012-12-24
Azerbaijani and Turkish Foreign Ministries held political consultations
On 21 December Azerbaijani and Turkish Foreign Ministries held political consultations at the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov while Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Fatih Ceylan headed the Turkish delegation.
 
At the meeting they noted with satisfaction the current state of broad relationship and discussed the tasks lying ahead deriving from the documents signed within High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. They stressed that alongside with partnership at the regional affairs, Azerbaijan and Turkey should also strengthen efforts to cooperation at international level and coordinate the activities of Azerbaijani and Turkish communities abroad. Expressing satisfaction with overall bilateral relations, they also discussed ways how to further expand this vital relationship.
 
Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov noted high level bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey as both countries share same views and interests on all issues and underlined impressive results of coordination of activities at both regional and international levels. Stressing the importance of Turkey's support to the efforts to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Khalaf Khalafov said the continuance of this support would serve the restoration of peace in the region and certainly help change the current status-quo. He also drew attention to Armenia's destructive stance in the peace talks under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group aimed at resolving the conflict. Recalling with satisfaction statements from Turkish leadership on not opening the border with Armenia until the resolution of the conflict, Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov said Azerbaijani public is sensitive on this issue. 
 
Deputy Ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey also held discussions about energy and communication projects implemented with active involvement of Azerbaijan, Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov called the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan the main barrier to maintenance of regional stability and sustainable development. He went on to emphasize that by taking the lead in realization of regional projects Azerbaijan has now gained strength politically, economically and within international organizations whereas Armenia's policy of aggression has left it isolated from all regional projects. Khalaf Khalafov also stressed that Armenian armed forces should withdraw unconditionally from Azerbaijani occupied territories. 
 

They also exchanged opinions about regional and international issues of mutual concern.  

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