Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey have expressed the determination to continue cooperation to promote peace, stability, and development in the region.
According to Radio Pakistan, the resolve was expressed at a joint presser of the foreign ministers of the three countries, after concluding the second trilateral meeting of the forum in Islamabad on Wednesday. Islamabad Declaration was signed on the conclusion of the second round of trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of the three countries.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said on the occasion that Pakistan enjoys cordial and brotherly relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. He said that a host of topics ranging from trade, investment, security, connectivity, and strategic cooperation came under discussion during the meeting.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi further stated that the trilateral meeting also discussed global and regional security environment, crimes against Muslim minority in various countries, the challenges of growing Islamophobia and Covid-19 pandemic.
FM Qureshi has thanked his Turkish and Azerbaijan counterparts for their support on the Kashmir dispute. He said the meeting expressed concerns over gross human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, prolonged military siege in IIOJK and India’s unilateral actions to change demography of the area.
Talking about Nagorno-Karabakh issue, he called for resolution of this dispute peacefully. He said Pakistan believes that all regional and global issues should be resolved through peaceful means and in light of the relevant international laws.
The Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Pakistan has unique space in the hearts of the people of Turkey. He said both countries support each other in difficult times.
Mevlut Cavusoglu further stated that the current trade volume between the two countries is 800 million dollars which is much below than the real potential of the two countries and this volume needs to be enhanced. He said over 100 Turkish companies are currently working in Pakistan in diverse fields and we are encouraging more companies to come and invest in Pakistan.
He extended his country’s full support to the people of IIOJK and called for resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per relevant UN Resolutions.
The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov said we condemn terrorism and reject Islamophobia. He expressed the resolve to continue extending cooperation for regional peace and development.
Jeyhun Bayramov also thanked Pakistan and Turkey for extending their full support during the second war for the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh.