Pakistan, Azerbaijan to build strategic partnership; call for resolution of Kashmir and Nagorno Karabakh issues

DNA12-106BAKU: Pakistan and Azerbaijan have decided to turn their relationship into a strategic partnership and agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy, energy, security, trade, tourism, transport, science & technology, environment, sports, culture and education.

In a joint statement signed by President Mamnoon Hussain and President Ilham Heydar Aliyev after holding one on one meeting which was followed by delegation level talks, called for early resolution of Kashmir and Nagorno Karabakh issues adding that their early resolution would ensure regional peace and stability.

They also agreed to expand cooperation on curbing terrorism, extremism, separatism, organized crime, smuggling of drugs and arms, and human trafficking.

The two countries called for mutual cooperation against money laundering and smuggling of archaeological items as per international law. The declaration emphasizes on exploring the possibility of expanding cooperation in the fields of oil and gas. The declaration stresses on frequent exchanges of parliamentary contacts adding that it would further promote bilateral collaboration.

The Joint Declaration declared the visit of President Mamnoon Hussain to Azerbaijan a historic occasion. The declaration said that the visit would provide impetus to bilateral cooperation and called for turning the relationship into a strategic partnership. It was agreed that both countries would promote bilateral friendship and steps would be taken to promote cooperation in the areas of economy, energy, security, trade, tourism, transport, science & technology, environment, sports, culture and education. Both countries also agreed to cooperate on human rights issue and called for establishing contacts between civil societies of two countries.

The two sides also signed various agreements.

INP

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