PR No. 273 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, education, science and technology and defense.The two leaders also agreed to continue to extend support to each other on issues of Nagorno-Karabakh and Jammu and Kashmir respectively.

The President said this while in a meeting with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday President Ilham Aliyev is visiting Pakistan to attend Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit. The two Presidents had one on one meeting which was followed by delegation level meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, President Ilham Aliyev underlined the need to impress upon the world that Islam is a religion of peace. He called for initiating joint ventures in the fields of textile, agricultural and appliances. President Aliyev said that his country will hold Islamic solidarity sports this year.

President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan will continue to work together for regional peace, progress and prosperity. President Mamnoon Hussain stressed upon the need to further enhance the volume of bilateral trade. He stated that Azeri investors have an excellent opportunity to benefit from Pakistan’s liberal investment policy and its big market.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said that Pakistan was his second home and his country is keen to expand cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors. He stated the Azerbaijan and Pakistan will work together for regional progress and development.  President Aliyev said that both countries share similar views on regional and international issues.

The visiting dignitary thanked President Mamnoon Hussain for according warm welcome to him and to his delegation and said that his country is keen to benefit from Pakistan’s expertise in different sectors.

Earlier, upon arrival, President Ilham Aliyev was warmly received by President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. On the occasion, children clad in traditional dress presented bouquets to the visiting dignitary.

During the delegation level meeting, the Azerbaijan included Minister for Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, Advisor to President on Foreign Affairs Navruz Mammadov, Minister for Economy Shahin Mustafayev, Minister for Energy Natig Aliyev and Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Ali Fikrat Oglu Alizada.