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Azerbaijan-Turkey trade turnover to reach $ 15 billion

Azerbaijan-Turkey trade turnover to reach $ 15 billion

Politics
13 August 2020, 11:45 159

Turkey and Azerbaijan implement strategic projects in the South Caucasus, important not only for the region, but also from the Far East to London

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov paid his first official visit to the fraternal Republic of Turkey. Within his visit, the Azerbaijani FM held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey's capital Ankara.

According to the ministry, following the FMs' tet-a-tet meeting, an expanded meeting between the two countries' officials was held.

Minister Cavusoglu warmly greeted Bayramov and noted that he is pleased to receive him in Turkey.

The sides expressed satisfaction with the development of cooperation in various areas of the bilateral agenda, including political, economic, trade, humanitarian, cultural, education and etc. and discussed prospects for further expansion of these relations.

They expressed confidence that the existing cooperation between the two countries will continue to further develop in both bilateral and multilateral formats.

Then the foreign ministers of the two countries held a press conference.

Speaking about the recent provocation committed by Armenia in the direction of the Tovuz district of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that fraternal Azerbaijan is not alone, and Turkey, with all its capabilities, is next to Azerbaijan and will continue to be next to it.

Moreover, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov.

Activities related to strategic projects to be strengthened

Minister Cavusoglu stated that Turkey and Azerbaijan had much work to do together and many objectives to reach, that our common goal was to increase our bilateral trade volume up to $ 15 billion and that we were implementing one by one strategic projects in the fields of energy and transportation.

"On the other hand, mutual investments are growing. Both countries have implemented strategic projects in the South Caucasus that are important not only for the region, but also from the Far East to London. Examples are the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and the TANAP project. We will continue our efforts to involve fraternal Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in the projects,” the Turkish FM said.

Specific goals and directions have been identified

Commenting on the first official visit of the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister to Turkey, the talks and statements made there, member of the Azerbaijani-Turkish working group on interparliamentary relations Jeyhun Mammadov said that relations between the two countries are strategic. The MP noted that Turkey has always stood by Azerbaijan and supported our country. "In this regard, Azerbaijan also attaches great importance to relations with Turkey. The two countries have high-level relations in many areas, including trade. At a press conference after the meeting of the foreign ministers, Cavusoglu said that the trade turnover between the two countries is planned to reach $ 15 billion. Specific goals and directions have been identified for this. Turkey is a buyer of Azerbaijani gas. There is a great, deep cooperation between the two countries in the framework of such projects as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, TANAP, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and others. At the same time, our country is taking certain steps in the framework of projects of the Central Asian republics in transit through Azerbaijan. Appropriate work is being done to represent these countries in TANAP,” he added.

A new page in bilateral relations

Musa Gasimli, a member of the Azerbaijani-Turkish working group on interparliamentary relations, said that major projects are important not only for Azerbaijan and Turkey, but also for the countries of the region, including the newly independent states of Central Asia. He stressed that large-scale projects affect the geopolitics of the region and the world. "Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov's first official visit to Turkey, the issues discussed there are not only within the framework of bilateral relations, but also have regional and international significance. The visit of Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov to Turkey along with Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and the reception of both ministers by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have a deeper meaning. Let's not forget that Turkey is also a Caucasus state. Therefore, it is impossible for this country to stay out of the processes in the Caucasus. Taking all this into account, I believe that the visit of the Azerbaijani Foreign and Defense Ministers to Turkey, the meetings and discussions held there will open a new page in our relations,” said the MP.

The co-chairs make no efforts to resolve the conflict

Political analyst Elkhan Shahinoglu called Jeyhun Bayramov's first official visit to Turkey as Foreign Minister as an expected event, as this is in the spirit of the strategic alliance. "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also invited Jeyhun Bayramov to Moscow,” he said. "However, this visit may be possible after Turkey. This is a message to Moscow that for Azerbaijan, Turkey is ahead of Russia, and the Kremlin must take this factor into account. Jeyhun Bayramov met with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara. At a press conference after the meeting, the Turkish FM, as always, criticized the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. He said that despite the decisions of international organizations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the conflict is not resolved. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group do not make sincere efforts to resolve the conflict. Mevlut Cavusoglu's next statement is also interesting. Touching upon the recent provocation committed by Armenia in the direction of the Tovuz district of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, the Turkish FM stressed that fraternal Azerbaijan is not alone, and Turkey, with all its capabilities, is next to Azerbaijan and will continue to be next to it. With these words, Cavusoglu meant that whatever decision Azerbaijan makes to liberate its lands from occupation, Turkey will stand by our country.”

Rufik ISMAYILOV