In another show of unity in their partnership, Turkey and Azerbaijan have announced their intention to boost bilateral trade relations by reaching a free trade deal. Turkey's Minister for Trade Ruhsar Pekcan stated the aim following a meeting on Friday (11 September) with the Azerbaijan Parliament Speaker Sahibe Gafarova in Turkey's capital, Ankara.
Pekcan noted that the trade volume between the two countries in 2019 was $4.4bn, which was far from reflecting its real potential.
This is the most recent of a number of statements made emphasising strong and strengthening ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
On Monday (7 September) another meeting took place in Ankara between senior political and media representatives to announce an agreement on the creation of a shared Turkish-Azerbaijani media network. Following the meeting Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev affirmed, ‘We aim to improve and make our brotherhood stronger. We are happy to strengthen our cooperation with Turkey,' adding that the agreement would also include making joint productions for TV and cinema sectors.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
Photo: The Speaker of the Azerbaijan Parliament and the Trade Minister of Turkey at their meeting in Ankara on 11 September 2020 (picture courtesy of Anadolou Agency, Ankara).
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