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ECO Dushanbe communique expresses concern over Karabakh conflict


The 23rd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on April 17.

 

Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev took part in the meeting, the Foreign Ministry told APA.

 

During the visit to Dushanbe, Deputy Minister Mammad-Guliyev has had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirocaddin Aslov. In an amicable atmosphere the sides noting traditional partnership ties between our countries had broad discussion on development of cooperation in political, economic, cultural and other spheres.

 

Speaking at the ECO Ministerial, Deputy Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev said that Azerbaijan is engaged in active cooperation within the framework of the OIC and supports development of comprehensive cooperation among member states, put forward a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening practical cooperation and promoting regional transport corridor projects. He also briefed about Azerbaijan’s political, economic stability, as well as fundamental reforms implemented in our country.

 

A communiqué was adopted at the 23rd meeting of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers in Dushanbe.

 

In the communiqué the ministers expressed concern about the unresolved conflicts in the ECO region, including Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which hinder the economic growth and realization of full economic potential of the region and impede the development of economic cooperation on regional as well as broader level, and stress the importance of making increased efforts for the earliest resolution of these conflicts based on the norms and principles of international law, in particular the principles of respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

The document also underlined the importance of large-scale regional transport and energy projects such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, the North-South transport corridor, as well as the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, the expanded Baku-Erzurum Gas Pipeline, the Iran- Azerbaijan-Russia electricity transmission line. 

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