BAKU: Azerbaijan adheres expansion on all-round coop with Kuwait

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
Aug 5 2004

[August 05, 2004, 21:01:28]

Foreign minister of Azerbaijan Republic Elmar Mammadyarov on 5 August
met the delegation by the Minister of Religious Endowments And
Islamic Affairs of Kuwait Dr. Abdullah Maatouq Al-Maatouq.

As was stated by AzerTAj, greeting the guest, Minister Elmar
Mammadyarov stated that the current visit would be useful for
strengthening of friendly relations and religious affairs between
Kuwait and Azerbaijan and opening late current year of the embassy of
Azerbaijan in Kuwait would give a new impetus to development of
bilateral relations.

Dr. Abdullah Maatouq Al-Maatouq said the goal of the visit is to have
exchange of views on cooperation in numerous fields, including
relations with the Caucasus Clerical Office.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov emphasized the importance of expansion of
all-round cooperation between Azerbaijan and Kuwait.

Touching upon the terror acts over the world, Mr. Mammadyarov stated
that Azerbaijan has subjected to 32 terror acts by Armenia. Noting
that terrorism is jeopardy for the entire humanity, the Minister said
that connection of terrorism with any religion is not expedient and
that Azerbaijan stands ready to render any assistance in combat
against terrorism together with the international community.

Dr. Abdullah Maatouq Al-Maatouq underlined that in the meetings with
believers of other religions he always supports necessity of
inter-religious dialogue, peace, establishments of friendship among
the peoples, organizes numerous conferences to contribute
coordination of efforts of the international communities in this
direction. Another conference is to be arranged shortly, he said.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov updated the guests on Armenia-Azerbaijan,
Nagorny Karabakh conflict as a result of which over one million of
Azerbaijani have become refugees and IDPs and are living in hard
conditions. Minister Mammadyarov gratefully reminded that the State
of Kuwait has many times rendered humanitarian assistance, as well as
Kuwait holds unchangeable position in the question of settlement of
the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh problem, especially noting
that the State of Kuwait supports territorial integrity and
sovereignty on the international organizations and in the frame of
Organization of Islamic Conference expressed gratitude to he
leadership of the friendly country.

In the meeting, also were discussed other questions of mutual