Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan to hold trilateral meeting tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan will hold the 2nd  Trilateral Meeting on 13th January in Islamabad.

The 1st round of Trilateral Meeting was held in Baku in November 2017. According to the Foreign Office, the three sides will exchange views on global and regional issues, including new and emerging threats to regional peace and security, address challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, environment and climate change and achieve economic development targets.

The three foreign ministers would also explore possibilities of deepening trilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest, including peace and security, trade and investment, science and technology, education and cultural cooperation.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is arriving in Islamabad on Tuesday on a three-day official along with a delegation on the invitation of Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov will be visiting Islamabad on 13-14 January 2021. This will be the first bilateral visit from Azerbaijan at foreign minister level since 2010.

According to the Foreign Office, the two foreign ministers will hold delegation-level talks and review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations. At the start of the new year, the visit will provide an opportunity to explore ways and means to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

Apart from reaffirming the excellent political relations, the two foreign ministers will discuss possibilities for enhanced collaboration in the fields of oil and gas, agriculture, railways and education.

The FO said Azerbaijan is a key country of the South Caucasus region and Pakistan’s long-standing friend and partner. The two countries are bound by an exemplary relationship anchored on common historic, religious and cultural links.

It said that both countries have been closely collaborating on issues of mutual interest at regional and international forum. Azerbaijan in its capacity as the member of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir has been steadfastly supporting the just and legitimate cause of the Kashmiri people.

During his visit, Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov will also call on the president and the prime minister and meet with other dignitaries.