Political consultations were held between the Foreign Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
On September 17 political consultations were held between the Foreign Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Uzbekistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov led the Azerbaijani delegation while Deputy Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Komil Rashidov led the Uzbekistan delegation.
Deputy Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed his gratitude with the existing high level bilateral relations between the two countries. Highlighting the potential of the two countries he noted that existing collaboration should be further enhanced in a range of areas including culture, education and humanitarian issues. Deputy Minister Khalafov also stressed Azerbaijan's dynamic development and noted it is becoming the leading economic power in the South Caucasus region.
Speaking about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Deputy Minister Khalafov emphasized that the conflict remains as a major obstacle for regional cooperation and that Armenia is deliberately attempting to delay the peace negotiations aimed at settling the conflict. Underlining the unacceptability of the status-quo, Deputy Minister Khalafov pointed out that Armenian armed forces should withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories in order to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region.
Deputy Minister of Uzbekistan underlined his country's support to Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He also emphasized that he values the brotherly relationship between peoples of the two countries. Impressed with dynamic economic development in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan's Deputy Minister drew attention to the importance of bilateral cooperation in transportation, infrastructure, energy, trade and law enforcement and expressed his country's interest in broadening this cooperation.