AZERBAIJANI AND EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTRIES HOLD POLITICAL CONSULTATION

Azeri Press Agency, Azerbaijan
July 1 2006

Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry held political consultation with Egypt's
Foreign Ministry at the level of deputy ministers.

APA reports quoting the Ministry's press center. Azerbaijani deputy
foreign minister Khalaf Khalafov pointed out importance of this
consultation in terms of continuing political dialogue between the
two states. Egyptian deputy foreign minister Fatima al-Zahra said
her country is ready to develop relations with Azerbaijan in all
spheres noting her visit in Baku aims at continuing the political
consultations launched in Cairo, strengthening bilateral relations
and discussing offers for developing the cooperation.

The sides also exchanged views on the prospects of efficient
cooperation between the two countries in the frames of international
organizations, in particular the UN and OIC as well as regional and
international issues of mutual interest. The sides also discussed the
results of the negotiating process between Armenia and Azerbaijan
for the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Garabagh conflict. The
Egyptian visitor was informed in detail about Armenia's aggressive
policy and unconstructive stance regarding the negotiating process.

The sides stressed the importance of developing relations in economic,
commercial, scientific, cultural, tourism, health, educational and
other spheres and noted it is very significant to strengthen the
law-contract base from this aspect.

The discussions at the meeting also focused on establishing a direct
air relation between Cairo and Egypt, prospects of cooperation in
the frames of TRACECA project, relations with the European Union and
mutual cooperation. They also exchanged views on Baku's hosting the
next meeting of Egypt-Azerbaijan intergovernmental commission early
in 2007.