Islamabad, 2 February 2022 (TDI): Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Khazar Farhadov visited the Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of the Pakistani Naval Staff, today. During the meeting, Ambassador Farhadov and Niazi discussed the brotherly relations between the two countries.

Furthermore, as the Ambassador mentioned, both also discussed about the further strengthening of our bilateral relations, particularly in the military & military-technical areas.

PAKISTAN-AZERBAIJAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSĀ 

The Ministry of Azerbaijan mentioned that Pakistan was one of the first countries that recognized Azerbaijan as an independent country. That was on December 12, 1991. It was a year after that both countries established diplomatic relations.

Pakistan opened its Embassy in 1993 in Baku. It was until 1997 that Azerbaijan opened its Embassy in Pakistan. Both heads of state have visited each other over the years since 1995; the same applies with the Foreign Ministers as both have paid official visits since 1994.

On the other side, the heads of governments have visited each other twice. In 1995, the Governments of both countries signed a protocol on the establishment of Azerbaijan-Pakistan Joint Commission in Ministerial Level.

ECONOMIC COOPERATIONĀ 

The first session of the Commission would take place in 2000. In 2017, Azerbaijan sent an export mission that consisted of the representatives of 16 companies headed by vice-president of the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO); and the officials of the Foundation.

Then they celebrated the first session of Joint Working Group on Trade Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan. During that meeting, they signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the Export and Investment Promotion Foundation of Azerbaijan (AZPROMO) and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

HUMANITARIAN COOPERATIONĀ 

The Ministry then mentioned that both countries also have cooperation within the humanitarian assistance sphere; whenever the other needed it. One example is that in 2008, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation re-built a secondary school for girls in Pakistan.

Later in 2010 and 2011, the Government donated their Pakistani counterpart 3 million dollars. Later during 2012-2018 the Foundation donated one fully equipped ambulance and 2000 blood bags to Hamza Foundation; and issued funds for building of new block and the waiting rooms in Khayber Eye Foundation.

The Foundation also constructed water supply scheme in Dera Ismail Khan district, arranged free treatment at Institute of Cerebral Palsy and the Mother and Child hospital of Peshawar.

In 2016, the National Defense University in Islamabad presented the book “Khojaly Genocide: From the Witnesses” by the deputy of Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan Ganira Pashayeva and professor Havva Mammadova.

The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz attended the V Global Baku Forum on the theme of “Future of International Relations: Powers and Interests.” In 2017, Pakistan sent a Parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Chairman of the Pakistani National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi participated in the IV World Intercultural Dialogue Forum.

MUTUAL DOCUMENTSĀ 

Azerbaijan and Pakistan have been allies since they both established relations in 1992. Moreover, since 1992, the two countries have in common 34 signed documents, and 17 under consideration.