Ankara, Baku, Islamabad seek to boost relations

Ankara, Baku, Islamabad seek to boost relations

Ankara, Baku, Islamabad seek to boost relations

Turkey, Azerbaijan and Pakistan on Nov. 30 discussed ways to enhance relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.

“At this meeting, we evaluate how to boost our relations and in what areas we should pay attention to,” Çavuşoğlu said.

The minister’s remarks came at a news conference with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov and Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in the Azerbaijani capital Baku after the first trilateral meeting.

Çavuşoğlu said it was “important” to strengthen economic ties among the countries, adding: “For this, we need to remove obstacles to trade and it is beneficial for us to sign the trade agreements as soon as possible.”

He added Ankara, Baku and Islamabad can develop relations in military and defense fields, saying: “We see that we are not competitors in these areas, rather complements.”

Çavuşoğlu said three countries should be in solidarity on the Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Kashmir issue and the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Mammadyarov said the ministers discussed several fields, including economy and counter-terrorism.

“We also discussed the conflicts in the region. We recognize that the conflicts are undermining the stability and security,” he said.

Mammadyarov said the next trilateral meeting will be held next year in Pakistan.

“This meeting was a very good base and we define the areas where our cooperation can further go on,” he said.

Asif dubbed the meeting “fruitful.”

“This was the first trilateral meeting and we have agreed to pursue this platform more vigorously and make this platform more vibrant so that the three countries can benefit from their mutual reliable resources,” Asif said.

He added there was a “huge” potential of making relationship more meaningful and beneficial.

On Dec. 1, Çavuşoğlu will attend the seventh Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in Baku.