AL KUWAIT, February 11, /ITAR-TASS/. Azerbaijan will shortly open its embassy in the Iraqi capital and will be helping Iraq to fight terrorism, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammagyarov who arrived in Iraq for an official visit said on Monday.
He noted at the meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Iraq had of late been the target of a succession of terrorist attacks and that Baku aimed for cooperation with Baghdad and was ready to exchange information in order to fight terrorism which threatened the entire region.
According to the statement published by the Iraqi government, Mammagyarov assured the Iraqi side that Azerbaijan’s parliament had given consent to the opening of a diplomatic mission in Iraq, as “the [Azerbaijani] companies wish to work in Iraq and make investments in the country, particularly in the energy sector.”
Al-Maliki, on his part, said there was a need to set up bilateral committees and to strengthen cooperation in the oil-and-gas area. Cooperation in international politics and in the fight against terrorism was also needed.
The establishment of one of such committees was announced at a joint press conference with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. The committee will deal with matters of cooperation precisely in the area of energy resources.
“The gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Europe and Azerbaijan’s geographic position will offer the opportunity to increase Iraqi gas exports to European countries,” Zebari said.
Mammagyarov, on his part, also offered assistance to the Iraqi side in gas transportation along the so-called Southern gas corridor. “At the end of the year we will open the railway between Turkey and Azerbaijan and this will give a good signal to Iraqi companies, as the railway may stretch across Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan to China via Central Asia,” the diplomat said.