No:056/18, Joint Press Conference of Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco, Nasser Bureau
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished members of the media!

As you know, Mr. Nasser Bureau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco is paying the official visit to Azerbaijan. Today, Mr. Nasser Bureau has met with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E Mr. Ilham Aliyev. Morocco recognized independence of Azerbaijan on December 30, 1991. Diplomatic relations between two countries was established on August 25, 1992. We discussed bilateral relations between our countries in the framework of one-on-one and extended meetings.

The foundation of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Morocco was established by the National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev and King of Morocco II Hasan during the meeting held in Casablanca. Azerbaijan and Morocco continuously support each other within the international organizations.

At the meeting of the intergovernmental commission, four bilateral agreements, covering areas such as Chambers of Commerce and Industry, avoidance double taxation, maritime, railway, crime prevention were signed.

During the meeting, we also discussed issues of cooperation in energy, transport, agriculture and other spheres between the two countries. Furthermore, we have reached an agreement on the establishment of direct contacts between the business circles of our countries and holding business forums. We agreed on holding the second meeting of the intergovernmental commission on specific projects later this year or early next year.

I briefed my counterpart about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Following the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs visit, we agreed that, after the presidential elections and the formation of a new government in both countries we are going to continue the intensive negotiations.

Q&A session:

Question: Turbat Bagirova, CBS TV channel: As you know, Islamophobia around the world is the most alarming trend in the current period. How does Azerbaijan and Morocco contribute to the fight against increasing trends of Islamophobia and what further steps can be taken within the framework of Islamic cooperation?

Elmar Mammadyarov: First of all, it should be noted that all UN member states have committed to fulfill the UN Security Council resolutions on the basis of the UN Charter.

We have expressed our concern regarding the growing Islamophobia trends. Islamophobia is now being artificially put forward into the global politics. We had detailed discussions with my colleague about the working mechanism of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. However, as the member states of this organization, we should try to strengthen solidarity among all member states within the organization to fight against the negative effects of Islamophobia as well as other similar phenomena.

Thank you for your attention.

Full video of the joint press conference can be obtained from the following link.

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