Kuwaiti ambassador: Armenia must fulfill UN resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh - INTERVIEW

Kuwaiti ambassador: Armenia must fulfill UN resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh - <span style="color: red;">INTERVIEW
# 31 August 2015 09:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Turbat Baghirova – APA. Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Azerbaijan Saud Al-Roumi’s interview with APA

- How do you assess the current state of relations between Azerbaijan and Kuwait?

- Kuwait and Azerbaijan have specific relations which are developing rapidly. The officials of both countries are in regular contacts to further develop the bilateral relations. Mr. President Ilham Aliyev made a visit to Kuwait four years ago. During the visit a number of bilateral documents on issues of mutual interest were signed. It was a very successful visit. Kuwait and Azerbaijan, the two Muslim countries, successfully cooperate within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. A senior official of the Kuwaiti government is likely to visit Azerbaijan in the near future. There are common traditions, historical, religious and cultural tiles between the two countries which are bound by the geographical position. Among the Gulf countries, Kuwait is a country that is located closer to Azerbaijan. If a direct flight is launched between the two countries, the flight duration will be one hour and fifty minutes. But at present, we have to fly to Azerbaijan through Dubai and Doha.

- You talked about the planned visit of one of the senior officials of Kuwait to Azerbaijan. Is it known who will visit Azerbaijan?

- Now there are negotiations in this regard. We hope the prime minister of Kuwait will visit Azerbaijan.

- Are any innovations expected in bilateral cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, defense and tourism? Do the two countries plan to sign any agreements and documents in these fields?

- There is a joint intergovernmental commission between Kuwait and Azerbaijan on political and economic cooperation. About two and a half year ago – in February 2013, the delegation led by the deputy PM, foreign minister visited Baku to attend the commission’s meeting. This year an Azerbaijani delegation is also expected to visit Kuwait to discuss bilateral cooperation. As for economic cooperation, Kuwaiti businessmen have already invested in Azerbaijan’s Gabala district. The work is underway on a joint production of agricultural products, especially beverages and their exports to Kuwait. Kuwaiti businessmen are much interested in Gabala because it’s a favorable district in terms of agriculture and tourism. Kuwaitis travel to Azerbaijan mostly as tourists. But we face some visa problems. So they turn their sight to Turkey and Georgia because of these problems. There will be arranged both trade and passenger flights between Kuwait and Azerbaijan. There will be about 20 flights a week. We would like a direct Kuwait-Gabala flight to be arranged in future. But again, it still remains a question how tourists would travel here while the visa problem is not solved. My family has a visa problem coming here. This visa problem takes 7 days. But if someone goes to Kuwait from here, will get a visa within 24 hours. Of course, we think neither the Azerbaijani embassy in Kuwait nor the foreign ministry is to blame for this. The responsibility is upon the immigration organizations that deal with visa-related issues. As an embassy, we do our utmost for every businessman to go to and come from Kuwait. We would like the visa problem to be resolved soon so that Kuwaiti tourists’ trips to Azerbaijan would be facilitated.

- We’d like to learn your opinion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. What do you think the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should do to liven up this process?

- The State of Kuwait supports the UN resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh and regrets recent incidents on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops that killed innocent people. We think the problem should be resolved with both sides negotiating on this issue.

- Do you think we can say the regulatory role of international organizations has weakened in light of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts as well as other conflicts around the globe that still remain unresolved?

- The UN has certain resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia must fulfill these resolutions, which are supported by all states. As I have already said, the best way to resolve this problem is if both sides negotiate with each other on this problem. We are against war. International organizations too do their part in this area. There is a saying [in Kuwait]; A right will sooner or later return to who it belongs to. You are right and justice will sooner or later be restored.