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RF, Azerbaijan officials discuss ties, international issues

November 24, 2011, 15:34 UTC+3
Naryshkin noted that “in this connection we will have more joint work from the point of view of coordinating our moves on the international arena”
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MOSCOW, November 24 (Itar-Tass) — The head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Naryshkin, met on Wednesday with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ramiz Mekhtiyev to discuss bilateral relations as well as international issues.

“Recently, in October, we met in Baku during the Baku international humanitarian forum,” Naryshkin said, stressing that the forum had been an event “of international significance and received widespread response in foreign countries”.

“We expect to continue that project together,” he said. “It is remarkable that your arrival is connected with the holding of a congress of Azerbaijani Diaspora here. This is a major event,” the head of the Kremlin administration said.

He stressed that this autumn has been “a hot time” for Azerbaijan in a good sense of this word – the humanitarian forum, the congress and besides, Azerbaijan has become non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Speaking about the latter event, Naryshkin noted that “in this connection we will have more joint work from the point of view of coordinating our moves on the international arena”.

Mekhtiyev, for his part, noted that the heads of the two states had given a very good tone to cooperation between the two countries”. “This is a good basis for the strengthening and development of relations,” he said.

According to Mekhtiyev, “relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are at the peak of their development. There are no problems between the two states that cannot be settled.” “All problems are settled timely on a friendly basis,” the head of the Azerbaijani president’s administration said.

Taking part in the meeting from the Russian side were head of the Presidential Directorate for Interregional and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Sergei Vinokurov and deputy head of the Presidential Directorate for Foreign Policy, Philipp Ilyichev. As for the Azerbaijani side, Ambassador to Russia Polad Byul-Byul Ogly and chairman of the Azerbaijani State Committee for Diaspora Nazim Ibragimov took part.

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