April 21, 2022 15:00 (UTC+04:00)
By Ayya Lmahamad
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov paid an official visit to Azerbaijan on April 20. It was his first visit to Azerbaijan since he was elected President of Kyrgyzstan in January 2021. As part of the visit, the presidents of both countries signed a declaration of strategic partnership.
The signed declaration represents a serious effort to deepen bilateral cooperation. In the case of Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, the definition of a “statement on strategic partnership” should be interpreted as a political and cultural recognition of the closeness of the two countries. Strategic partnership involves a high level of interaction and encourages countries to collaborate strategically.
Language, traditions, cultural and historical roots unite Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. The signing of cooperation agreements and such high-level meetings are essential for closer cooperation and the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.
In addition, the two countries have always supported each other in all international organizations, including the UN, OSCE, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Organization of Turkish States (OTS) and Economic Cooperation Organization. (ECO).
The declaration of strategic partnership raises the relations between Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan to a new level. Since Azerbaijan has always given priority to the development of bilateral relations with various countries of the world, the signing of this declaration can be considered another important diplomatic achievement for the country.
Prior to the signing of the declaration, relations between the two countries were friendlier, but not as developed or extensive as they could have been. There are now all the reasons and a plethora of opportunities to deepen and strengthen bilateral cooperation as soon as possible.
The declaration has the potential to open up a wide range of opportunities for the two countries to develop and consider cooperation. Although the strategic partnership mainly focuses on bilateral cooperation, it also includes a multilateral format.
It should be noted that Kyrgyzstan considers the transport sector as one of the most important areas of cooperation for OTS member countries. Azerbaijan has a modern transport infrastructure that allows goods to be sent in all directions – north, south and west. Officials in Bishkek have repeatedly stressed the importance of making full use of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor [Middle Corridor]which is the safest and shortest trade route between Europe and Asia.
Now that Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan have signed a declaration on strategic partnership, it will be easier to carry out all mutually beneficial projects. Especially since China has already started the construction of a new railway. The train will travel through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic before arriving in Mannheim, Germany.
At the same time, both countries have excellent investment opportunities, especially in the energy infrastructure sector.
Besides the declaration of strategic partnership, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan signed 10 important documents and agreements, including those on agricultural cooperation, information technology, aviation, antimonopoly regulation and intellectual property protection. They also signed a memorandum of understanding on the formation of the Interstate Council, under which they will more effectively and actively discuss bilateral issues, as well as regional and international issues.
This event was also the most recent case of bilateral cooperation format for Kyrgyzstan. Azerbaijan is on the list of a small number of countries with which Kyrgyzstan has this level of relationship and trust.
It is certain that the countries have fruitful development prospects in various fields because there is enormous potential for cooperation.
Ayya Lmahamad is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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