NAM members seek to develop trade and economic relations with Azerbaijan
By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan is keen to establish relations with all countries of the world on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
The country’s membership and chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is the second largest forum of sovereign states after the United Nations and brings together 120 states from around the world, is a testament to Azerbaijan’s growing global reputation. .
Azerbaijan joined the MNA in 2011. With the unanimous decision of the leaders of the MNA of 2016, Azerbaijan was elected president of the MNA for the period 2019-22. This year, NAM member states unanimously decided to extend Azerbaijan’s presidency for one year until the end of 2023.
Although the Azerbaijani presidency of the NAM coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, it enabled Azerbaijan to take the lead in tackling global issues.
On November 22 and 23, President Ilham Aliyev met with the newly appointed ambassadors of Portugal, Finland and several NAM member countries: Nigeria, Uganda, Bangladesh, Philippines, Cambodia and Chile.
During the meetings, Aliyev thanked the aforementioned countries for their support in extending the presidency of the NAM of Azerbaijan until 2023, describing it as a sign of trust and friendship.
He stressed that Azerbaijan, as the chairman of the NAM, protects the rights of member states and supports international law and justice.
Aliyev said that during his presidency of NAM, Azerbaijan has made great efforts to protect the interests of member countries, the fight against COVID-19 and the equitable distribution of vaccines.
He added that Azerbaijan would continue its efforts to strengthen ties between NAM member countries.
During the meeting with Nigerian Ambassador Yakubu Santuraki Suleiman, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan and Nigeria are actively cooperating in various international organizations.
Noting that Nigeria had always supported Azerbaijan’s rightful position during the occupation, the president stressed that the conflict had already been resolved by military and political means.
Aliyev also expressed his confidence that the ambassador would contribute to the development of bilateral relations.
In turn, the Ambassador said that Nigeria and Azerbaijan had always been in favor of justice, adding that his country was interested in expanding cooperation with the NAM and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), especially with Azerbaijan.
The parties also noted good political relations between the two countries and opportunities to expand trade relations.
It was pointed out that Azerbaijan offers students from NAM and OIC countries scholarships to study in the country, while Nigerian students study in Azerbaijani universities under this scholarship program.
During the meeting with Ugandan Ambassador Muhammad Tezikuba Kisambira, the parties noted that bilateral relations are at a good level and that there is mutual support within international organizations.
Aliyev said that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between the State Agency for Civil Service and Social Innovations under the leadership of the President of Azerbaijan (ASAN Service) and the relevant body of Uganda. . It was noted that the relevant agencies in Azerbaijan were working to support the establishment of the ASAN service in Uganda.
The parties commended Azerbaijan’s support for the UNESCO Trust Fund for Girls’ Education in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In turn, the Ambassador noted that Ugandan leaders were interested in Azerbaijan’s investment in his country. The diplomat said Uganda is ready to help promote Azerbaijan on the African continent as an attractive travel destination.
During the meeting with Bangladeshi Ambassador Gousal Azam Sarker, Aliyev praised the country’s support for Azerbaijan’s righteous position on the liberation of its historic lands from Armenian occupation both within NAM and of the OIC.
The Head of State expressed the wish that the Embassy contribute to the development of relations and the definition of priorities for economic cooperation between the two countries during the diplomatic mandate of the Ambassador.
The Ambassador praised Aliyev’s political journey in the field of Azerbaijani energy policy achievements, which was founded by the great leader Heydar Aliyev.
Emphasizing the great importance of his country in relations with Azerbaijan, the Ambassador stressed that during his tenure, the Embassy will do everything possible to develop bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the meeting with Philippine Ambassador Maria Elena Algabre, the President said that Azerbaijan is interested in expanding cooperation with the Philippines, including trade relations.
He stressed the importance of intensifying ties in the political and economic fields and of establishing economic and trade relations.
Aliyev expressed the hope that during her tenure Maria Elena Algabre would contribute to strengthening bilateral relations.
The Ambassador congratulated President Aliyev and the Azerbaijani people on Victory Day and restoration of territorial integrity, as well as National Renaissance Day.
The ambassador spoke about the importance of an online summit of the NAM contact group and a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to COVID-19 held at Aliyev’s initiative, as well than a resolution on COVID-19 and vaccines recently adopted by the General of the United Nations. Assembly.
Maria Elena Algabre also highlighted Azerbaijan’s successful economic development model, noting that these achievements of the country are reflected in the reports of international organizations as a progressive example.
During the meeting with Cambodian Ambassador Kim Heng Mea, the President stressed the good potential for expanding humanitarian cooperation between Azerbaijan and Cambodia.
Describing Cambodia as a friendly country of Azerbaijan, Aliyev expressed Azerbaijan’s interest in developing bilateral relations.
The president noted very close political ties between Azerbaijan and Cambodia. He expressed the hope that the Ambassador would spare no effort to establish cooperation between the business community of the two countries.
The Ambassador underlined the high level of bilateral relations within regional and international organizations. The Ambassador said he will spare no effort to help strengthen friendly relations and cooperation between Cambodia and Azerbaijan during his tenure.
During the meeting with Ambassador of Chile Rodrigo Acros, the President noted that Azerbaijan and Chile cooperate in international organizations and in a bilateral format.
Stressing the importance of establishing bilateral trade and economic relations, Aliyev stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between business communities.
The Ambassador expressed his country’s interest in developing relations with Azerbaijan.
Noting that Chile attaches particular importance to relations with Azerbaijan, which has observer status within the Pacific Ocean Alliance, he expressed confidence that closer ties would be established between the two countries. in the post-COVID period.
He also congratulated the President on the successful presidency of the NAM of Azerbaijan and the Organization of Turkish States.
President Ilham Aliyev and Portuguese Ambassador Jaime Van Zeller praised the political relations between the two countries, stressing active cooperation within international organizations.
They highlighted the good opportunities for the development of economic, trade and investment relations in a bilateral format.
During the conversation, the parties addressed Azerbaijan-EU relations, praising Azerbaijan’s fruitful cooperation with member countries and other European institutions.
They expressed their confidence that during Ambassador Jaime Van Zeller’s tenure, bilateral relations would continue to develop in a very positive manner.
During the meeting with Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Narinen, the President said the situation in the region has changed, highlighting the many opportunities for regional cooperation.
The president recalled his meetings with the Finnish president in a bilateral format and within international organizations.
The Ambassador highlighted the similarities between the two countries, highlighting the opportunities to expand bilateral relations.
Kirsti Narinen also praised Azerbaijan’s successful presidency of the NAM.
The parties exchanged views on strengthening Azerbaijan-EU cooperation, peace and stability in the region, as well as other issues of mutual interest.
Ayya Lmahamad is the reporter for AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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