FM: Azerbaijan-Djibouti relations developing
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
Relations between Azerbaijan and Djibouti have been in the process of development for many years, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Mammadyarov was addressing a briefing after his meeting with Djiboutian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mahamoud Ali Youssouf in Baku Feb. 24.
“Djibouti has always supported Azerbaijan’s position in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” said Mammadyarov. “It is important to note that the Djiboutian parliament adopted a declaration condemning the Khojaly genocide.”
On February 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed as a result of the massacre. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. A total of 487 civilians became disabled as a result of the onslaught. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
Mammadyarov also noted that the two countries actively cooperate within international organizations.
He added that the two countries need to raise the level of economic relations to the level of political relations.
Mammadyarov said Djibouti plans to sign an agreement on freight traffic with Azerbaijan.
“There are plans to cooperate within the free economic zone in Djibouti,” he noted.
“The two countries also intend to develop cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, particularly, the education of Djiboutian youth at Azerbaijani universities is being discussed,” added Mammadyarov.
The Azerbaijani minister also said a memorandum of understanding on political consultations was signed today between the two countries’ foreign ministries.