Pakistan to always support Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh issue Political and military events
The principled position of Islamabad on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is well-known – Pakistan will always support Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk said on June 22.
He made the remarks at a meeting with Ali Alizadeh, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan.
Mulk noted that the Pakistani-Azerbaijani relations are built on mutual respect, trust and sincerity. He said that the visit of the President of Azerbaijan to Pakistan in 2017 contributed to the development of relations.
The prime minister added that Azerbaijan’s support for Pakistan is highly appreciated, and stressed that efforts to expand cooperation in the economic, trade, energy and investment spheres will be continued.
Mulk also noted the importance of the Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey trilateral cooperation format established last year on the initiative of Azerbaijan, and mentioned Pakistan’s readiness to organize the second meeting of the foreign ministers in this format in Islamabad.
Alizadeh, in turn, noted that Baku attaches special importance to relations with Islamabad, and Pakistan Is a close friend of Azerbaijan and a brotherly country.
He mentioned the current level of effective relations, high-level visits, documents signed, work on visa facilitation, expansion of tourism relations, and stressed the interest of Azerbaijan in further expanding cooperation with Pakistan in the economic, trade, defense industry, military and military-technical, energy and other spheres.
The ambassador noted that Pakistan’s fair position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the support provided to Azerbaijan is highly appreciated.
Pakistan backed Azerbaijan during and after the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh war, and it is the only country that does not recognize Armenia as a state. Pakistan also adopted a resolution strongly condemning the genocide against Azerbaijani civilians in Khojaly town in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was committed by the Armenian armed forces.
Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.
Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal. Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. within the OSCE Minsk Group have produced no tangible results so far.