Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 4
The relations between Australia and Azerbaijan develop dynamically, and the two countries have perspectives for cooperation in different spheres, James Martin Larsen, Australia's ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan said.
He made remarks in Ankara during the meeting with Azerbaijan-Australia working group on Interparliamentary relations, headed by Khanlar Fatiyev, the member of the Azerbaijani parliament.
The working group, in its short period of existence, was able to do a great job on giving information about Azerbaijan to colleagues from Australia, noted the ambassador.
The relations between Azerbaijan and Australia have undergone significant qualitative changes in recent years, Fatiyev noted.
"Today Azerbaijan is known well enough in Australia at the level of parliament and government. In particular, in her recent speech, Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said that Canberra recognizes Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, and also called to liberate occupied territories," Fatiyev said.
The other important factor is that the issue on releasing Azerbaijani hostages held by Armenia also was raised in the Australian parliament.
During the meeting Fatiyev noted that today Azerbaijan's relations with Australia are also interesting from an economic point of view.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev speaking about the diversification of the economy noted that agriculture will provide the country's non-oil exports, population with work, as well as food security.
"In its light, to study the Australian experience, in which this area is one of the main spheres, would be very useful," said Fatiyev.
The issues on trade and economic cooperation, relations in the social and humanitarian spheres, as well as issues on extending interparliamentary relations were also discussed during the meeting.