Azerbaijan and Turkey sign an agreement on work and social protection cooperatives [PHOTO]

Azerbaijan and Turkey sign an agreement on work and social protection cooperatives [PHOTO]

Azerbaijan and Turkey have signed an additional agreement amending the procedural agreement of May 6, 2004 on the implementation of the cooperation agreement in the field of social protection between the governments of the two countries, reports Azernews .

The document was signed by Ministers Sahil Babayev and Vedat Bilgin, on behalf of the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey, at the end of the 10and meeting of the permanent joint commission on cooperation between the Azerbaijani and Turkish ministries of labor and social security.

Furthermore, the minutes of the 10and meeting of the standing joint committee was also signed.

The document reflects the areas of cooperation between the two departments in the areas of labor, employment, social protection and rehabilitation, as well as an active exchange of experience.

After signing the documents, the ministers held a briefing. They noted that friendly and brotherly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey are successfully developing in all spheres, and ties are growing in the areas of labor, employment and social protection.

Azerbaijan and Turkey collaborate in various economic fields and have carried out major energy and infrastructure projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and TANAP.

Turkey imports Azerbaijani natural gas through the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) and TANAP. Azerbaijan only supplies gas to Turkey from the Shah Deniz field. Supplies have been available since July 2007.

In 2021, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, which emphasizes defense cooperation, promoting regional stability and prosperity, and establishing new paths transport.

The common goal of the two countries is, among other things, to increase the mutual trade turnover to 15 billion dollars in 2023. In 2021, the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to 4.6 billion of dollars. So far, Turkey is the second largest investor in Azerbaijan, followed by the UK.

In addition, Turkey was one of the first countries to express its interest and willingness to participate in the restoration of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.

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Joel C. Hicks