Azerbaijan eyes to develop co-op with Austrian federal states
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 6
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
It is planned to establish Azerbaijan’s honorary consulates in the federal states of Austria to develop cooperation with them in the near future, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Austria Galib Israfilov told Trend.
Honorary consulates will represent Azerbaijan’s interests in the Austrian federal states, and establish direct cooperation in various fields, the ambassador said.
As a whole, the diplomat called relations between Azerbaijan and Austria dynamically developing and comprehensive.
“This year, Azerbaijan and Austria celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations,” Israfilov said. “The relations between the two countries were developing dynamically during this period. Over these years we have established a solid base of bilateral relations, and about 40 bilateral documents in various fields of cooperation were signed.”
“In recent years, cooperation between Azerbaijan and Austria in the transport sector has been developing,” he noted. “Friendship groups have been established in the parliaments of both countries. Representatives of the Austrian Parliament will visit Baku this week to discuss the prospects for interparliamentary cooperation. Visits and dialogue at the level of the heads of the two states gave a special impetus to the development of cooperation - in 2011, former President of Austria Heinz Fischer paid an official visit to Baku, and in 2013, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited Austria.”
Israfilov said that some more working meetings at the level of the heads of state took place, and all this shows that there is good cooperation in the political, economic, legal and humanitarian spheres.
Azerbaijan and Austria have quite a lot of similar features, the ambassador noted, adding that both countries have rich historical and cultural heritage, they are multicultural countries and have rich traditions of art, literature, music.
The Azerbaijani Cultural Center operates in Austria, and the center’s activity is aimed at promoting Azerbaijani culture and art in this country, Israfilov said.