After the one-on-one talks, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic held a meeting in an expanded format with the participation of delegations.
Addressing the meeting participants, President Ilham Aliyev said:
- Dear Mr. Chairman!
Let me welcome you to Azerbaijan again! I am very glad to see you and your delegation in Azerbaijan. We have had an interesting exchange of views on bilateral and regional issues. And now our discussion continues with the participation of delegations.
Your visit is an important indicator of our friendship. We recently met in Chicago and came to an agreement regarding this visit. I am very glad that this visit has been realized. This is the first visit in the history of our relations. I am confident that your visit will open a new page in our relations. I hope that we will define many areas of active and fruitful cooperation in the political and economic spheres.
Today we had a discussion about specific directions of economic activity and joint projects. I am confident that we will achieve that. At the same time, we have very good memories about the past. During Soviet times, Sarajevo and Baku were twinned cities. And now I think we are reviving this partnership.
I am sure that this visit will be successful. You and your delegation will get to know our country.
So I welcome you to Azerbaijan again and wish you a pleasant pastime here.
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Expressing his gratitude for the warm welcome, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic said:
- Thank you very much, Mr. President!
We have had very fruitful talks. I told Mr. President that we have gone through similar history.
First we lived under the communist regime. Then, the 1990s were very important for both countries. Year 1992 was also very significant for both countries.
We have ties and intentions. Now we have to do even more to expand our cooperation because the current state of relations does not fully reflect the desires of our peoples.