Islamabad, 4 June 2022 (TDI): The Chairman of the Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, met Khazar Farhadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, in Parliament House yesterday to discuss bilateral ties and matters of mutual concern.

During the meeting, the focus was on expanding bilateral trade between the two countries. The commencement of direct flights between Pakistan and Azerbaijan, according to the Senate Chairman, is a significant development.

It would enhance tourism and people-to-people communication. According to the Senate Chairman, Azerbaijan’s support for Pakistan’s position on Kashmir is praiseworthy.

Chairman Senate said, “Pakistan wants to extend the CPEC project to Central Asian states.” He further added, “the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project allows Central Asian countries, including Azerbaijan, to utilize Gwadar Port to enhance regional trade.”

The ambassador of Azerbaijan on his part stated, “honored to meet Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.

He expressed deep gratitude for the recently adopted resolution by the Senate of Pakistan felicitating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan and condemning the Khojalay Genocide.

Resolution of the Senate

On May 30, the Pakistani Senate unanimously passed a resolution commemorating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Moreover, the Senate reiterates its unwavering support for the Republic of Azerbaijan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and internationally recognized border inviolability.

It also celebrates Azerbaijan’s historic victory in 2020, which led to the end of Armenia’s rule over Azerbaijan’s lands for almost 30 years.

Also, on February 1, 2012, the Senate approved a resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that condemns the Khojaly Genocide and restates its long-held and consistent position.

Bilateral Relations

Due to their common Islamic foundations, bilateral relations between Islamabad and Baku have remained diplomatically friendly and politically comfortable.

Furthermore, the Pakistani and Azerbaijani governments have reached a territorial agreement in which Baku supports Islamabad on the Kashmir issue in exchange for Islamabad’s support on the Nagorno-Karabakh.

For the foreseeable future, Azerbaijan will remain one of Pakistan’s most reliable former Soviet friends since they support each other in territorial conflicts, share geopolitical views, and can leverage each other’s bilateral links.

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