October 02, 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov met the newly appointed
plenipotentiary ambassador of Finland to Azerbaijan Terkhi Khakala, on
October 1, the Ministry's press center told AzerTAj.

Having thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs for meeting, Terkhi KhĂ
ĂȘĂ Ă«Ă has emphasized the interest, which has increased recently by
his country to Azerbaijan, and also importance of the efforts directed
on expansion of links between two countries in political, economic and
other spheres. Having noted interest of the country in peace
settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny-Karabakh conflict, the
ambassador has emphasized, that Finland is amember of OSCE and
directly keeps up the processes concerning the resolution of conflict.

Having congratulated Terkhi Khakala on the occasion of appointment as
the new ambassador in Azerbaijan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar
Mammadyarov has expressed hope for his active participation in
expansion of relations between the countries. Having emphasized, that
Azerbaijan is the country representing great value from the economic
and strategic points of view, the Minister has noted presence of all
conditions for participation of Finland in economic projects carried
out in the Country. Highly having estimated political support of
Finland, Mr. Mammadyarov ascertained extreme importance of opinion of
world community basing on international legal norms in settlement of
the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

The ambassador presented a copy of his credentials to the foreign
minister of Azerbaijan.