Azerbaijani FM addresses global security & cooperation issues at UN

By Vugar Khalilov

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has addressed
global and regional security, as well as cooperation issues on the
margins of the 77th UN General Assembly session in New
York, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.

CICA

As part of his visit to New York, Bayramov attended the informal
meeting of the foreign ministers of the Conference on Interaction
and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on September
22.

Addressing the meeting, chaired by Kazakhstan, Bayramov
underlined the growing need for regional engagement and cooperation
in light of the mounting threats to global security. In this
regard, he stressed CICA’s importance as a platform for encouraging
communication and cooperation, as well as developing confidence and
maintaining regional security and prosperity.

He emphasized the importance of respecting international legal
norms and principles, particularly sovereignty, territorial
integrity, and border inviolability, to preserve regional and
global peace and stability. The importance of the CICA for the
implementation of confidence-building measures was noted.

Moreover, CICA’s confidence-building measures on safe and
efficient transport corridor systems, which have been coordinated
by Azerbaijan, were underlined.

The minister stressed that Azerbaijan is actively promoting
communication projects such as East-West and North-South transit
corridors between the CICA member nations. In this context, the
minister underlined the relevance of the Zangazur Corridor, which
would significantly contribute to regional and global peace by
promoting local, regional, as well as trans-regional trade.

During the meeting, matters concerning the preparations for the
CICA’s Astana Summit were also addressed.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

On September 22, Bayramov attended the annual coordination
meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) member states in New York.

In his address to the meeting chaired by Pakistan, Bayramov
reaffirmed Azerbaijan’s commitment to Islamic solidarity, as well
as to the Islamic ideals of peace, tolerance, togetherness,
harmony, and justice for the benefit of humanity’s progress and
prosperity.

The top diplomat described the OIC, as the main international
organization, as well as one of the key actors in ensuring peace
and stability in the Muslim world. Moreover, Azerbaijan’s concern
over the escalating insecurity and conflict in various Muslim
countries was underlined.

Bayramov briefed the participants about Azerbaijan’s
contribution to multiculturalism and interreligious dialogue,
underlining the importance of the Baku Process, which has been
operating since 2008.

Bayramov thanked the OIC for the extensive and continuous
support to Azerbaijan both during the occupation of its territories
by Armenia, as well as in the post-conflict period. The minister
also spoke about Azerbaijan’s steps in ensuring regional peace and
stability.

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