ISLAMABAD, Nov 19 (INP): President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized on further strengthening of bilateral defence, trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.
Talking to a delegation of Azerbaijan led by Defence Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov here on Wednesday, he said Pakistan attaches highest priority to its relations with Azerbaijan.
The president assured of Pakistan’s continued support to Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh. He also appreciated support by Azerbaijan on the Kashmir issue and the stance of Pakistan for peaceful settlement of the issue in accordance with UN resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiris.
The president apprised that Pakistan welcomes Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces personnel for acquiring quality training at Pakistan’s Armed Forces Training Institutions on gratis basis.
He said that Pakistan also offered English language courses for Azerbaijan’s officers and cadets at National University of Modern Languages Islamabad and Naval English Training Centre, Karachi.
The president also sought Azerbaijan’s support to Pakistan’s bid for membership of Transport Corridor Europe, Caucasus and Asia.
It is to be noted that TRACEA is an organization dedicated to reviving the Silk Route. The members of TRACEA include Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The membership of TRACEA would boost up trade cooperation of Pakistan with these countries. The defence minister of Azerbaijan expressed confidence that bilateral cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields would be further enhanced in the future.