Turkey, Azerbaijan should stand strong (UPDATE)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 25

By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:

Turkey and Azerbaijan have to be strong, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Feb. 25 in Baku.

He made the remarks at the ADA University while delivering a lecture titled "Turkish foreign policy's vision of cooperation perspectives on the Caucasus and Azerbaijan."

Cavusoglu said that today there are many problems and opportunities in the region, but the difficulties may interfere with these opportunities.

"Baku and Ankara should be strong, to withstand these difficulties," said Cavusoglu.

He said that despite the difficulties in the region, Azerbaijan is successfully developing in terms of economy and is active in the international arena.

"Assessing the changes in the modern world arena, I'd like to note that the problems of global scale still persist," he said. "The economic crisis that began in Europe eight-nine years ago hasn't come to an end, which is clearly evidenced by the crisis in Greece."

"Turkey and Azerbaijan, which were able to do everything possible to strengthen their positions, stand out against this backdrop," said the minister.

He added that Baku is taking serious steps to further strengthen its image on the world stage.

Cavusoglu said Azerbaijan has already become a recognized player in the world, and the country itself provides assistance to other countries.

"Azerbaijan's positions on the world stage are enhancing," he stressed.

According to Azerbaijan's State Customs Committee, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey in 2014 stood at $1,789 billion, of which $1.3 billion accounted for the imports from Turkey to Azerbaijan, while $502.49 million accounted for the exports to Turkey.

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