Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.14
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Various spheres of economy, in particular, agriculture, tourism, ICT and energy, will become priority areas for the further development of cooperation between Slovenia and Azerbaijan, Slovenian ambassador to Azerbaijan (with residence in Ankara) Milan Jazbec told Trend on Nov.14.
There are no disputes between Azerbaijan and Slovenia and the relations between the two countries have developed in political, economic and humanitarian spheres over the last 20 years, according to the ambassador.
"The heads of the two countries have a good dialogue. Slovenian president visited Azerbaijan in 2009 and Azerbaijani president paid a return visit to Slovenia in 2011," he said adding that Slovenian prime minister visited Azerbaijan in January 2013.
"During these visits, it was stated that the development of economic cooperation with Azerbaijan is a priority for Slovenia," the ambassador said.
He added that the two countries have great potential in all spheres for developing this cooperation.
Slovenian government intends to pay great attention to cooperation with Azerbaijan in the sphere of energy, the diplomat said, adding that the governments of the two countries continue the negotiations on this issue.
The ambassador said Slovenia also shows great interest in cooperation in the sphere of agriculture, adding that the two countries can significantly expand the range of imported and exported agricultural products.
"We intend to significantly increase the import of Azerbaijani fruits, vegetables and wines. And we can export our agricultural products to the Azerbaijani market."
Moreover, Slovenian ambassador said tourism is another sphere of cooperation between the two countries, adding that every year, more and more Azerbaijani tourists come to Slovenian resorts, get acquainted with the history, culture and cuisine of the country.
Jazbec said the opening of a direct flight can make a significant contribution to the expansion of contacts between the two countries.
"This issue is currently under consideration. Some negotiations with Azerbaijani Airlines CJSC have already been held. We are also considering the opening of charter flights."
"Historically, our countries have had good relations. Slovenian people respect the memory of Azerbaijan's glorious son Mehdi Huseynzadeh - Mikhaylo - who fought on Slovenian soil against the fascist invaders," he said. "During the official visit to Slovenia in 2011, Azerbaijani president attended the opening of a memory museum of Mehdi Huseynzadeh."
The diplomat said the expansion of Slovenia's diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan will depend on the rate of development of cooperation between the two countries and added the development of economic relations will increase the need for this.
In order to give impetus to the relations, the governments work on organizing mutual visits, according to Slovenian ambassador.
Edited by CN