Baku, March 5, AZERTAC
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Welcoming the Turkish Foreign Minister, President Ilham Aliyev noted:
– Welcome, dear Mevlut bey. Welcome to your homeland. I am happy to have the opportunity to meet again.
Of course, today we will exchange views on the further development of Turkish-Azerbaijani allied relations. In three months we will celebrate the first anniversary of the Shusha Declaration. It is a historical document. In fact, Turkish-Azerbaijani relations have always been at the level of the alliance, and the alliance is in the hearts of our peoples. We just confirmed it to Shusha last year.
Today and in the years to come, brotherly Turkish-Azerbaijani relations will always be of great importance both for our peoples and for the region. Because our relations are of great importance not only in the bilateral format, but also for regional security. Through joint efforts, Turkey and Azerbaijan contribute to the future development of our region, ensuring the security and well-being of our peoples. Our relationships are so diverse that it will take a long time to list every aspect of these relationships. We are literally allies and brothers, and there is no relationship in the world quite like ours. There is no other country in the world that would be more attached to each other than Turkey and Azerbaijan. It is our great asset, and we protect and strengthen it. We are ready for all situations and are always supportive.
That is why it is a great pleasure for me to see you today. As you know, we are in constant contact with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We are in constant telephone contact, we meet and take our steps together. To welcome again!
Mevlut Cavusoglu: Mr. President, first of all, thank you for having us. I want to express my gratitude to you. I would like to convey the sincere greetings of your brother, President Erdogan, with whom you are still in contact. When I went to Brussels two days ago and told him that I would go to Baku from there, he said: “Anyway, we are still meeting my brother, but give him my regards.
Mr. President, it was your idea to prepare and sign the Shusha Declaration. My brother Jeyhun and I worked on it, and about a year ago, nine months ago, you signed it with your brother, President Erdogan. The approval of this document by the two national assemblies about a month ago, with a two-day lag, has further reinforced the will that you have expressed. It was important that the representatives of our people also vote for it. We have coordinated the process together on your orders.
The Choucha Declaration – indeed, we are already natural allies anyway – is well worthy of one nation, two states. Mr. President, we only made it official with your signatures. We are working hard with our brothers to implement the issues reflected therein. Not only the foreign ministers, but also all our agencies are working, because we have to take concrete measures. As you said, the strengthening of relations between us will be very useful not only for strengthening the relations between our two countries and peoples, but also for stability and peace in the region. For this reason, we will work in trilateral and quadrilateral formats to ensure that the issues contained in the Shusha Declaration are reflected in our relations with the countries of the region.
Of course, important processes are underway in our region, and these processes have implications. In addition, there are important projects that you will implement, including the Zangazur Corridor. I came to Baku today to provide information on the work we have done on all these issues and to assess the next steps we will take together.
Thank you very much for your time. Thank you again, Mr President.
President Ilham Aliyev: Thank you.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev thanked Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the greetings and asked the Minister to send his greetings to the Turkish President.
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