Baku, Azerbaijan, June 12
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said in a message June 12.
During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Australia and the recent growth of mutual visits.
Noting that the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries is marked in 2017, the two ministers emphasized the importance of expanding contractual and legal base and developing economic ties for further development of bilateral relations.
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells expressed satisfaction that she is the first Australian minister who visited Azerbaijan, and also noted that a delegation of Australian businessmen will visit Azerbaijan in October 2017.
Giving information about the talks being held on the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mammadyarov said that the conflict must be resolved in line with the UN Security Council resolutions on the basis of sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.
The Australian minister said that her country supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The two sides also noted the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in bilateral relations, and expressed satisfaction with the activities of the Australia-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary group.
The two ministers also exchanged views on development of cooperation in the spheres of shipbuilding, agriculture, tourism and on demining territories between Azerbaijan and Australia.