By Vugar Khalilov
The Azerbaijani-Turkish alliance is aimed at further bolstering
regional peace and security, as well as economic development,
Azernews reports, citing Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
Bayramov made the remarks at the 13th conference of ambassadors,
entitled 'Wise and humane Turkish diplomacy ahead of 2023 and
beyond' held in Ankara on August 8.
“Delighted to deliver a speech at the 13th Ambassadors
Conference in Ankara. Azerbaijan and Turkiye, as allies, will
continue to contribute to the establishment of peace, security, and
prosperity in the global arena as reliable and proactive actors,”
Bayramov wrote on his Twitter account.
The Azerbaijan-Turkiye alliance, which has significant political
and economic potential, aims at further promoting regional peace
and security, as well as economic growth, the minister
Despite the obstacles, Bayramov underlined that the two
countries' joint large-scale regional projects since the 1990s, as
well as current and future plans in the energy, transportation, and
logistics sectors have greatly contributed to the further expansion
of trade and economic relations at the bilateral and regional
He underlined that the Azerbaijani-Turkiye ties, which are
presently at their peak, have progressed from a strategic to an
alliance level with the historic Shusha Declaration.
Bayramov underlined the importance of the joint efforts serving
Azerbaijan and Turkiye's mutual interests and support of the two
countries to each other on various international platforms under
the leadership of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his
Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Furthermore, the minister briefed the participants about the
destruction, committed by Armenia during its nearly 30-year-long
occupation of Azerbaijani lands. He spoke about Azerbaijan's
post-conflict measures following the 44-day war, including the
establishment of regional peace, the opening of transport and
communication lines, the restoration of the Zangazur corridor, and
repair and reconstruction projects. The participants in the
conference were also informed about Armenia's actions in violation
of the trilateral declarations, as well as the most recent
provocations in the region.
Bayramov also paid tribute to the memory of Turkish diplomats
and their family members, who were martyred by ASALA and other
Armenian terrorist organizations, stressing that there is no place
for hateful ideologies in the region.
Recalling the fraternal country's political support to
Azerbaijan at all levels, the top diplomat said that Turkiye
consistently defends Azerbaijan's fair stance based on
international law, notably during and after the 44-day war with
He emphasized that the decisive and purposeful steps have been
taken with brotherly Turkiye to further strengthen peace, security,
justice, and prosperity in the South Caucasus and the wider
Ambassadors were given detailed information about the activities
of Azerbaijan, which implements independent, reliable, balanced,
and multifaceted diplomacy, on bilateral and multilateral
platforms. Since 2019, Azerbaijan's initiatives within the
framework of its chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement, its
active membership in the Organization of Turkic States, and other
international platforms have made a positive contribution to
international peace and security, the minister underlined.
Speaking about the challenges and transnational threats in the
international relations system, as well as the difficulties in
adhering to international legal norms and principles, the minister
stated that further strengthening of cooperation, as well as the
introduction of new international cooperation mechanisms and
platforms, are critical in such an environment.
To recap, Bayramov wished success to the diplomats of the
brotherly nation in their honorable and difficult activities and
Addressing the event, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
said that 'it is difficult to achieve gains on the table without
being strong on the field', adding that the liberation of
Azerbaijan's formerly occupied territories is the most striking
example of it.
Emphasizing that the international community has not taken any
significant steps in the face of the policies of occupation,
massacre, and genocide that lasted for about 30 years, Erdogan said
that Azerbaijanis have been forced to live with the pain of both
occupation and losses for years.
'With Turkiye's support, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces were able
to put an end to this injustice. As a result of a 44-day epic
struggle, Karabakh regained its freedom, and the 30-year occupation
ended. With the agreements reached, a new era has begun in the
South Caucasus. We are making great efforts not to waste this
historic opportunity,' he stressed.
In the same vein, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
stressed that both friends and enemies should know that Azerbaijan
is not alone.
'We received fraternal Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun
Bayramov at the conference of the ambassadors. The Shusha
Declaration has further strengthened our alliance. Both friends and
enemies should know that Azerbaijan is not alone,' Cavusoglu
wrote on his Twitter account.
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