Azerbaijan concerned over tension between Turkey, Russia, says President Aliyev

Baku: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has today received a delegation led by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Aliyev congratulated Cavusoglu on his appointment as foreign minister of Turkey and wished him success in his endeavors.

“G20 summit successfully held in Antalya is a very great achievement of Turkey. Turkey once again demonstrated that it is a great country, a country with big power. I am happy that the brotherly country invited Azerbaijan to the Summit. This is indicative of the high level of Turkish-Azerbaijani relations, and shows both our nations and the world that Turkey and Azerbaijan have the closest relations on the global scale,” said the president.

The head of state noted that G20 Antalya Summit demonstrated that Turkey’s position has a significant role to play in many issues. Stressing that Azerbaijani-Turkish relations are at the highest level, President Ilham Aliyev said the two countries are successfully cooperating in all areas.

In his turn, M. Cavusoglu said he is proud to pay his first visit after his appointment as foreign minister.

He also said they are proud that President Ilham Aliyev attended the Antalya Summit, the Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister praised precious remarks on international issues that the head of state made at this prestigious event. He noted that Azerbaijan`s participating in the Summit made Turkey’s position even stronger.

Cavusoglu expressed his confidence that Turkish-Azerbaijani relations will continue developing in all areas and reach a higher level under the leadership of the two brotherly countries’ presidents.

Touching upon ongoing tension between Turkey and Russia, President Ilham Aliyev said that historically, Azerbaijan has had close ties with both Turkey and Russia, and that it regrets and is concerned about tension between the two countries. The head of state said Azerbaijan is ready to make efforts to reduce and eliminate tension in Turkish-Russian relations.

They also discussed a variety of issues, including settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh, and the projects jointly implemented by Azerbaijan and Turkey such as TANAP, TAP, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and others.

SOURCE: AZERI-PRESS NEWS AGENCY

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