Russia really wanted Azerbaijan to gain the status of a dialogue partner of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, realizing its desire to improve relations with the SCO, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for SCO, Director of the Asian and Pacific Cooperation of MFA of Russia, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Bakhtiyor Khakimov said today in an interview with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza.
The partnership in the dialogue allows us to build practical cooperation, which is much more useful than just watching, Bakhtiyor Khakimov noted.
He stressed that the degree of Azerbaijan’s further integration with the SCO is entirely dependent on the decisions made in Baku. “The potential of this country itself is well known. From the standpoint of economics, politics and culture, Azerbaijan, as well as other states that have become dialogue partners, is able to make a very significant contribution, since the SCO is a unique organization that represents the diversity of cultures, ethnic groups and religions. The arrival of new partners, new countries and new ideas are welcomed,” he concluded.
The reception of the status of SCO dialogue partner by Azerbaijan, along with Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal, was announced at the expanded meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Ufa by Russian President Vladimir Putin.