Azerbaijan President receives Speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey
On Sept. 26, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) Mehmet Ali Shahin, AzerTAj state news agency reported.
The speaker extended greetings of Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Azerbaijani President.
Shahin expressed satisfaction with the fact that he had made one of his first foreign trips to Baku since he took office on August 5 this year.
Touching upon the upcoming first summit of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkish-speaking countries, the speaker noted inter-parliamentary ties contribute to boosting relations among peoples.
President Ilham Aliyev, in turn, stressed the importance of the fact that the Turkish speaker had made one of his first foreign visits to Azerbaijan.
The Head of State pointed out "the fact that parliament speakers are continuing Presidents-founded tradition is a vivid evidence of relations between our countries".
On the importance of the first summit of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkish-speaking countries the President said "our relations will be successful in this format, as well".
President Ilham Aliyev also touched upon the summit of heads of Turkish-speaking countries to be held in Nakhchivan, saying "holding such important events will contribute to strengthening friendship and solidarity among Turkish-speaking peoples".
Mehmet Ali Shahin underlined as long as the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is not resolved, GNAT will not ratify "protocols on agreement".
President Ilham Aliyev thanked him for "this position".
The President asked Mehmet Ali Shahin to convey his greetings to Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.