Azerbaijani, Turkish media should move together towards common goals – top official
.Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.11
Media outlets of Azerbaijan and Turkey should move together towards achieving the common goals in accordance with the strategy and by promoting the interests of the two countries, the Head of the Public and Political Issues Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov said on Dec.11.
He made the remarks while speaking at the international conference on 'Turkish and Azerbaijani media: historical comparisons and transition from traditional media to online media' in Baku.
The top official said journalists shouldn't forget that regardless of the conditions of activity, they should take into account the interests of both Turkish and Azerbaijani people.
Hasanov emphasized the solid foundation of Azerbaijani-Turkish relations laid by Azerbaijan's National leader Heydar Aliyev and Turkey's great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
"Talking about the fates of the two nations, Ataturk always said that they share the same joys and sorrows," he said. "And Heydar Aliyev always said that the relations between the two countries will always be built and develop based on the 'One nation - two states' principle."
"If Azerbaijan and Turkey are together, presidents Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan promote the common goals and interests of the two countries in all issues, Azerbaijan's and Turkey's diaspora organizations serve the same purpose, diplomatic corps, embassies of both countries continuously operate within the mutual communication and consultations, move towards the same goals, then why not our media outlets operate together?" said the top official.
Hasanov reminded Ilham Aliyev's response to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the recent Prague summit held within EU Eastern Partnership program in April 2014.
While using the absence of Turkey at that summit, Sargsyan exaggerated the issue of the "Armenian genocide" and criticized Turkey. President Sargsyan accused Turkey of the non-constructive position on so-called genocide on the one hand, and closing the border with Armenia on the other hand.
While speaking at the plenary session, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev regretted that the Armenian counterpart used the opportunity to once again attack Turkey. "It is easy to do this because there are no Turkish representatives at the moment," he added. "But I am here and I can say why the Turkish-Armenian border is closed."
The top official added that these remarks made by President Aliyev during that event are the indicator of the Azerbaijani-Turkish relations at the level of presidents today as well.