Afghan-Azerbaijan Interested to Expand Bilateral, Trilateral and Multilateral Relations

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov indicated the country’s interests in working closely with Afghanistan during a telephonic meeting with Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the acting Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Atmar, reports AZERTAC, stressed on the importance the Afghan leaders placed on expanding bilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan. He said the country was interested in expanding bilateral, trilateral and multilateral ties with Azerbaijan to develop better relations between the two.

He expressed gratefulness for Azerbaijan’s involvement in Afghan security and the deployment of Azerbaijani peacekeepers as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to Afghanistan. The Afghan minister then congratulated Azerbaijan for successfully chairing the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The Azerbaijani minister too, expressed interest in engaging with Afghanistan on different platforms.

He also mentioned that Azerbaijan is in the process of drafting a proposal to hold a special session of the UN General Assembly under the theme “We are together against COVID-19.” The same theme is part of NAM’s summit-level initiative.

Azerbaijan is heading NAM for the 2019-2022 term. Mammadyarov said they wanted to increase the role of NAM and strengthen solidarity during the current global crisis.

The two ministers also spoke about existing opportunities for expanding cooperation in political, economic, trade and transport spheres while strengthening the legal and treaty basis of the relations. Some projects mentioned were the Lapis-Lazuli Transport Corridor and the fibre optic line along the Caspian Sea.
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