No:095/18, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with the delegation headed by Rashid Alimov Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Secretary General Rashid Alimov expressed his appreciation for the conditions provided to observe the upcoming presidential elections in Azerbaijan. He added that they had productive meetings, got closely acquainted with the pre-election environment and took necessary preparatory steps to observe the elections.

Noting that Azerbaijan is the Dialogue Partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Secretary General highly praised active involvement of Azerbaijan into the cultural and public events held within the organization.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov appreciated Secretary General R.Alimov's support for the development of ties between the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Azerbaijan and added that Azerbaijan is willing to further expand cooperation with the organization and elevate its relations to qualitatively new level.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov referring to Azerbaijan's friendly partnership relations with the SCO member states, stressed that recently initiated East-West, North-South, South-West transport corridors opens vast opportunities for cooperation within the SCO.

At the meeting the sides also touched upon the importance of public diplomacy projects to raise awareness in Azerbaijan about SCO and its activities.

At the meeting the interlocutors also exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest.

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