(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 26. Azerbaijani Foreign
Ministry issues statement on the occasion of 60th anniversary of
the African Union, trend reports citing the MFA.
"Today marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the
African Union as an international organization. On this occasion
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan extends
its sincere congratulations to African countries and the African
In the past 60 years African Union has played significant role
in ensuring valuable contribution of the African continent to
global peace, security and sustainable development.
Cooperation between Azerbaijan and African countries as well as
the Union traditionally develops at an ever-increasing rate,
becoming more active in scale and extending to new dimensions. The
level and the intensity of our contacts with African countries are
During Azerbaijani chairmanship to the Non-Aligned Movement
relationship with African countries has gained a new impetus.
As the incumbent Chairmanship of the Movement, which has played
invaluable role in the decolonization process of African countries,
the Republic of Azerbaijan has identified the African continent as
one of its priority regions to focus on during its NAM Chairmanship
tenure. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the
Republic of Azerbaijan in its both national and NAM Chairmanship
capacities has spared no effort to support the development of
capacities of African countries in addressing the consequences of
the pandemic. It has promoted global initiatives aimed at
minimizing the impact of the pandemic on developing states,
including African countries and contributing to their post-pandemic
It is not coincidence that the President of the Republic of
Azerbaijan in the recent Summit-level Meeting of the NAM Contact
Group in response to COVID-19 has announced a Global Call in
support of post-pandemic recovery of the African countries and as a
first contributor under this framework announced a donation in the
amount of 1 million USD.
The Republic of Azerbaijan gradually enlarges its diplomatic
representation in the African continent. In addition to already
existing diplomatic representations, the Republic of Azerbaijan
established Embassy in Kenya at the end of last year.
The Republic of Azerbaijan is confident that cooperation between
Azerbaijan and African countries will continue to grow based on
shared values and principles in both bilateral basis and within the
African Union," the statement says.
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