ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada, who called on National Security Adviser Lt General (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua on Friday, discussed issues relating to bilateral cooperation between the two countries in security, defence and other areas.

The NSA warmly welcomed the guest, and said that Pakistan attached great importance to relations with Azerbaijan as those ties were based on strong mutual trust and respect.

He also said that since the inception of Azerbaijan, Pakistan was one of those countries that not only recognised it immediately, but also supported it in every aspect at every world forum.

The ambassador said that Azerbaijan enjoyed cordial and warm relationship with Pakistan and expressed his desire to expand the spectrum of cooperation further.

He also highlighted the fact that the two countries shared views on major regional and international issues concerning peace and security.

Alizada also acknowledged Pakistan’s support to Azerbaijan’s stand on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh, which was being occupied by Armenia.

He said that Azerbaijan fully supported Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir, calling for implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

Azerbaijan is also the member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the level and substance of growing bilateral engagements between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed ways and means to further improve cooperation in defence and security.

The ambassador also extended invitation to the NSA to preside a seminar on “Crime against humanity: Genocide and ethnic cleansing” scheduled to be held on February 20 in Islamabad.