Urgent issues discussed at Baku conference (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Baku is hosting the '20th anniversary of Independence: Evolution of Azerbaijan's foreign policy' conference, organised by the NATO International School in Azerbaijan (NISA).
Delegates are discussing the achievements of Azerbaijan's foreign policy over 20 years of independence, the cooperation with the world community and integration into international organisations, the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the cooperation with NATO and other important issues.
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Ministers Araz Azimov and Hafiz Pashayev, Deputy Secretary General for defence policy and planning Husein Dirioz, the director of the Centre of Caspian Studies Vafa Guluzade, professor at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy Anar Aliyev, Romanian ambassador to Azerbaijan Daniel Ciobanu and ambassadors of foreign countries accredited to Azerbaijan all attended the conference.
Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov addressed the conference and stressed the achievements reached by Azerbaijan in the past 20 years.
He said that Azerbaijan is a key player in the region and no project can be implemented without its participation. At the same time, Azerbaijan takes an active part in combating terrorism.
Azimov said that Azerbaijan is developing relations with European countries and this successful policy is continuing.
"Azerbaijan is full of natural resources and plays a key role in global energy security. Today Azerbaijan has become a transit country and participates in major projects connecting East and West," Mr Azimov said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hafiz Pashayev said in his speech that the Armenian diaspora cannot achieve its goals in the U.S.
"We have informed the U.S public about the region," he said. "This ican influence the shaping of U.S. foreign policy."
Mr Pashayev added that the US-Azerbaijan cooperation in combating terrorism is a priority and as a result the country's energy activity has increased U.S. interests in the region.
"The current situation shows that Azerbaijan is stronger than Armenia in the U.S. and this indicates Azerbaijan's importance to the region," he said.
The NATO International School in Azerbaijan aims to establish the cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic region and beyond between NATO members and partner countries, young scholars, independent experts, as well as between military and civilian representatives, to discuss urgent threats and to explore the ways to solve them togetherr.