Islamabad, 9 June 2022 (TDI): To mark and celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Pakistan, a seminar on mutual relations including educational and socio-cultural perspectives was organized on Wednesday by MUSLIM Institute.

The seminar marked the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan, a cake was cut to celebrate the 30th anniversary.

Noteworthy dignitaries attending the seminar included Former Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Khazar Farhadov, Brigadier (R) Abdul Rahman Bilal, and Member of Azerbaijan Parliament Tamam Jafarova among others.

Speakers noted that Pakistan was the second country that recognized the independence of Azerbaijan back in 1991. Thereafter diplomatic ties between both the countries were established a year later in 1992.

Pakistan was also one of the first countries to open its Embassy in Baku. Former Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Novruz Mammadov, said that both countries have had strong relations since then.

Azerbaijan supports Pakistan’s stance on the Kashmir issue while Pakistan supports Azerbaijan’s stance on Nagorno Karabakh, he added.

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan said that Pakistan has not recognized Armenia because of its aggression against the Azerbaijani people.

The similarity and bond between people of both countries have shaped various levels of cooperation and association at the societal level, he said.

Brigadier (R), Abdul Rahman Bilal, said that emerging people-to-people contacts have resulted in a unique feature of cultural bilateralism.

Azerbaijan’s Member of Parliament, Tamam Jafarova, said that leadership on both sides is fully cognizant of the importance of these relations with each other. Pakistan and Azerbaijan share common concerns regarding sectarianism, extremism, and terrorism.

Speakers emphasized that there is a need to further strengthen bilateral relations by cooperation at the regional and international levels and promoting bilateral cooperation in other fields including people-to-people contacts, tourism, trade, military, and education.

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