PESHAWAR (APP): Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Khazar Farhadov has said that direct flights between Baku and Sialkot will be started during the next two months to increase both bilateral and trade relations between the two countries.

He was talking to KP Caretaker Minister for Industries, Trade and Technical Education, Mohammad Adnan Jalil, who called on him on Sunday. He said that direct flights between Baku and Sialkot, an industrial city of Pakistan will strengthen bilateral relations.

He said that earlier weekly flights have already been started between Lahore and Baku, which are operating successfully, saying such connectivity is extremely important for the strengthening of economic and trade relations.

The Ambassador said that he is in constant contact with the business community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and had visited Peshawar Chamber of Commerce several times.

He said that Peshawar is an important city from an economic and historical point of view, which has historical relations with Azerbaijan and Central Asian states.

Khazar Farhadov said that Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has a very crucial role in trade with Central Asian countries including Azerbaijan.

He said that Peshawar and Azerbaijan have similarities in culture and food, which can make the historical relationship between the two countries more sustainable in the present era.

He said that last year 53,000 Pakistanis visited Azerbaijan, which speaks of the volume of the people to people contact between the people of both countries. He was hopeful that the number of visitors from Pakistan to Azerbaijan will further increase during the current year.

He said that he will play his due role in increasing economic and trade relations between Azerbaijan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that tourism is another potential sector for promotion of bilateral relations between both countries.

He said that the private sector, including the chamber of commerce, will play an important role in the economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan and the business community of Peshawar is preparing to play its role in this regard.

On this occasion, the provincial minister of commerce and industry Adnan Jalil invited the ambassador of Azerbaijan to come and discuss investment and trade relations with the business community.

He said that he will soon lead a trade delegation to Azerbaijan.

Adnan Jalil said that Azerbaijan and Pakistan have extensive cooperation opportunities in various fields including textile and agriculture and industry and trade.

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