October 04, 2004

Prime Minister of the Azerbaijan Republic Mr. Artur Rasizadeh has
received the delegation of Finland headed by Minister of Foreign
Affairs of this country Erkki uomioja, 4 October.

Having welcomed visitors, the head of the Azerbaijan Government has
expressed hope that visit of the Finnish delegation would serve
expansion of bilateral relations. Having noted the low level of the
Azerbaijani-Finnish economic relations, Mr. Artur Rasizadeh has
stressed interest of Azerbaijan in exchange of experience with Finland
on development of non-oil sector. Finland could participate more
actively also in global transport projects - "North - South" and
RC, he said.

Speaking about the economic reforms conducted in the country, the
established political stability, the Prime Minister has emphasized
that the main problem for Azerbaijan remains the unsolved
Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

Erkki Tuomioja has emphasized interest of the Finnish side in
expansion of links with Azerbaijan in various fields, including in
sphere of information technologies and communications. During visit,
according to the Finnish minister, there has been achieved an
agreement on arrival in Azerbaijan delegations of businessmen from
Finland with the purpose of studying investment prospects.

The parties had exchange of views on other questions representing
mutual interest.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress