ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Arif Alvi received Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova, who is on an official visit to the country here on Friday
AT this point of time Ms. Gafarova said that relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan, are friendly and brotherly and both countries are at the level of strategic alliance. Pakistan has not yet recognized Armenia for its aggressive policy against Azerbaijan. The President of Pakistan congratulated Azerbaijan on the liberation of Armenian-occupied lands for nearly 30 years. He said that the restoration of the brotherly country's territorial integrity was met with great joy in Pakistan. Pakistan has always stood by Azerbaijan in its cause and will continue to do so.
Azerbaijan, Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova also conveyed greetings of President Ilham Aliyev to the President of Pakistan.
She said that this is her first official visit to Pakistan and being as the Speaker of the Milli Majlis, Sahiba Gafarova expressed satisfaction with the meetings she held here.
Recalling the visit of the President of Pakistan to our country within the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in October 2019, the speaker noted that the legal documents signed between the two countries in various fields form the legal basis of our relations. In this regard, the "Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan" signed in Baku in 2015 is of particular importance.
The Speaker of the Milli Majlis said that there are ample opportunities for further deepening of our economic and trade relations. Special attention is paid to the sustainable development of cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. First Vice President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded the Hilal-e Pakistan, the highest order of Pakistan, in 2015 for social and humanitarian projects implemented in Pakistan with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.
Speaking about the glorious victory of Azerbaijan in the 44-day Patriotic War in 2020, Sahiba Gafarova said that with the restoration of the territorial integrity of our country, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has become a one-time history.
Sahiba Gafarova said that now a new era has begun in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from Armenian occupation - a period of large-scale restoration and reconstruction. However, although the conflict is over, some problems remain. Thus, Armenia sends terrorist groups to our liberated territories, refuses to provide a map of mined areas, and prevents the delimitation of borders.
She thanked the Pakistani government and parliament for their strong support for Azerbaijan's just position based on international law, as well as for the moral support provided by the Pakistani people.
She also exchanged views on other issues and and projects of mutual interest.
At the end of the meeting, Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova presented a book entitled "Karabakh before and after the occupation" to the President of the brotherly country and informed the President of Pakistan about the materials in the book.
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