Pakistan values relations with Azerbaijan: Khurram Dastgir

ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Federal Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastagir on Wednesday said Pakistan highly valued its relations with Azerbaijan and was desirous of further strengthening them in various fields.
He said next year President of Azerbaijan will visit Pakistan and sign agreements to promote cooperation in different fields.
He was speaking at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Azerbaijan.
He said Pakistan was working closely with Azerbaijan on different international forums including United Nations, adding Pakistan highly regarded the role of Azerbaijan in Contact Group on Kashmir.
He said both countries should further strengthen relations with other countries in different fields including commerce.
He said both countries could cooperate with each other in different projects including energy sector.
The minister said the government would encourage trade relations between the two countries and expand relations with the countries in the region.
He also appreciated help of Azerbaijan in tragedy of earthquake of 2005 and floods.
Speaking on the occasion, ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada said Azerbaijan would continue to support Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.
He said relations with Pakistan were important for Azerbaijan and ties between the two countries were rooted in religion, history, and culture.
He said they supported Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir and the problem should be resolved according to resolutions of United Nations.
He thanked Pakistan for supporting the stance of Azerbaijan against the aggression of Armenia in the region of Nagorno Karabakh.
He lauded the visit of different ministers of Pakistan in recent years and said they wanted to promote ties in different fields including defence.
The ambassador said Azerbaijan will continue the ongoing cooperation in different fields.