Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan expressed to continue cooperation to promote regional peace, stability, and development.
By | Arshad Mehmood
January 14, 2021
[Islamabad] Pakistan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan held their second trilateral meeting today on Wednesday 13th January in Islamabad.
The meeting concluded with the signing of the “Islamabad Declaration” by the three Foreign Ministers.
The Foreign Ministers of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkish Foreign Minister, and Jeyhun Bayramov Azerbijan Foreign Minister exchanged views on global and regional issues including new and emerging threats to regional peace and security.
Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey enjoy close fraternal relations based on common faith, values, culture, and history; deeply embedded in mutual trust and understanding. The first round of Trilateral Meeting was held in Baku in November 2017.
Earlier on the invitation of Foreign Minister Qureshi, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit.
According to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs press note,” this is the first bilateral visit from Azerbaijan at the foreign minister-level since 2010.
After signing the Islamabad Declaration Foreign Ministers also addressed a joint press conference in Islamabad and briefed about the declaration.
The Ministers reiterated their support for putting an end to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and normalization of relations based on sovereignty and territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
The trilateral foreign ministers’ also reiterated to support a just, sustainable and realistic, and mutually acceptable settlement of the Cyprus issue, as well as the issues in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean based on international laws.
According to the joint declaration, the ministers also discussed the far-reaching implications for economic growth and public health due to the COVID 19 pandemic, agreed to exchange information, research, expertise, and best practices, and called for enhanced international cooperation and solidarity to effectively and comprehensibly address the challenge, keeping in view the financial and capacity limitations of developing countries.
The ministers of the three countries underlined the need to intensify cooperation for food and energy security, environment, and sustainable development and called for greater international cooperation for the timely response and achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The ministers also expressed solidarity with the government and the people of Azerbaijan in their efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate liberated territories.
Officials say,” “At the start of the new year, the visit will provide an opportunity to explore ways and means to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields,” the statement said.
Apart from reaffirming the excellent political relations, the two Foreign Ministers will discuss possibilities for enhanced collaboration in the fields of oil and gas, agriculture, railways, and education.
However, Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Turkish ambassador in Pakistan told Anadolu News agency that the main goal of the trilateral meeting is to evaluate regional developments with Pakistan and Azerbaijan, The Turkish ambassador also thanked Pakistan for its stance, supporting Azerbaijan during the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.