(MENAFN- UkrinForm) President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev have signed a joint declaration which sets out the position of the two countries on many issues and challenges.
As an Ukrinform correspondent reports, the signing ceremony of a number of bilateral documents took place in Kyiv.
'We signed a joint declaration of the presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan. It reaffirms the readiness to provide mutual support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity of our state within internationally recognized borders, jointly counter hybrid threats, the desire to ensure peace and stability in the Black Sea-Caspian region and beyond. These and a number of other provisions of the declaration testify to the unity and closeness of our views on many issues and challenges of both regional and global dimensions,' Zelensky said.
In particular, the Joint Declaration establishes arrangements to provide mutual support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two countries within their internationally recognized borders; the desire to intensify bilateral substantive cooperation in political and security, trade and economic, fuel and energy, military and technical, infrastructure, transport, aircraft, agro-industrial, cultural and humanitarian and other fields.
In addition, the document defines readiness to intensify cooperation in combating hybrid threats, strengthens cooperation in the defense industry, and mentions direct intentions to deepen cooperation within international and regional organizations and fora, including the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, and Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation.
In addition, Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk and Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Parviz Shahbazov signed the intergovernmental agreement on food safety cooperation to simplify import, export, transit, and re-export procedures.
Vereshchuk and Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the ministries of economy of Ukraine and Azerbaijan on emergency cooperation in bilateral trade. The document defines the mechanism of such interaction in the event of threats related to epidemics and other natural and man-made disasters.
Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Roman Leshchenko and Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the agricultural sector. The document will promote the development of cooperation in crop production and food security, mutual legal assistance in the field of land relations, efficient use of agricultural land, investment in projects for processing agricultural raw materials, trade in fertilizers.
CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine Yuriy Vitrenko and Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov, who is also the Chairman of the SOCAR Supervisory Board, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, Naftogaz of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan, and SOCAR company. The document creates conditions for expanding cooperation in the energy sector and joint implementation of projects in the oil and gas market of Ukraine, including oil supply and transportation to our country, transportation of oil products, joint use of oil pipelines, exploration and production of hydrocarbons, construction of new refineries and reconstruction of existing ones in the territory of Ukraine, gas supply to Ukraine, storage of fuel in underground storage facilities in Ukrainian territory, etc.
The Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the State Service of Ukraine for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre and the Ministry of Economy of Azerbaijan on cooperation in land relations, state-owned land management, and state land cadastre was signed by Chairman of the State Service Serhiy Zavadsky and the Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan.
The presidents of the two countries also held Ukraine–Azerbaijan talks in an expanded format.
As reported, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is on a working visit to Ukraine.
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