30 march 2012, 12:10

After their face-to-face meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev held a meeting in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.

Welcoming the President of Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said this visit was a very good indicator of the importance being attached to the development of bilateral relations:

- I am sure that our relations have a bright future. We are already exchanged views on bilateral issues and regional policy matters. I think that we will quickly make up for the time lost in our bilateral relations, because we can see our arrangements transforming into specific action. Your visit is of paramount importance in this respect because it is your first visit. We have major plans on further developing our bilateral relations in the economic, energy and, of course, political spheres. I am very pleased that you are visiting our country. This is another opportunity to get acquainted with Azerbaijan after a long break and, most importantly, identify ways for the development of our bilateral relations which are entering a new and very promising stage. So I would like to welcome you and all members of your delegation to Azerbaijan again and express confidence that the results of the visit will be very successful and bring our two countries and peoples even closer together. Once again, welcome!


President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev stressed that he was looking forward to the positive results of the development of bilateral relations. He expressed hope that the 20 years lost from the standpoint of the development of bilateral relations can be made up for with hard work in the next two years. President Almazbek Atambayev said:

- I remember esteemed Heydar Aliyev visiting Bishkek for the celebrations of the 1,000th anniversary of “Manas”. He had said: “Dinimiz bir, dilimiz bir, kokumuz de bir” – we have the same roots, the Turkic language and the faith. So, of course, we must raise our relations to a higher level and I can see that this is what we will actually do.

I am very pleased and proud that Azerbaijan has changed so much. I was here for the first and last time 21 years ago. I have been looking around today – of course, it is a completely different Azerbaijan. Because, unlike us, you are lucky. You are lucky to have had such Presidents. A good foundation was laid in 1993. This work continues. This is perhaps why Azerbaijan is flourishing and developing like this.

The President of Kyrgyzstan stressed that Azerbaijan has earned great international respect.