ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada called on Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain here on Friday and said that Azerbaijan was ready to offer $100 million credit to Pakistan to address its energy issues along with supplying of oil and oil products.

The ambassador also showed his keen interest to strengthen cooperation in the fields of media and information with particular emphasis on formal collaboration between state-run televisions of the two countries.

Fawad Hussain while welcoming the ambassador’s offer and interest to resolve Pakistan’s energy issues said that Pakistan would also like to enhance cooperation with Azerbaijan in the realm of tourism besides in the fields of media and information.

Pakistan had unique tourist destinations especially in Northern areas and “we will also want that Azeri tourists come and enjoy scenic beauty of these high altitude areas”, he added.

The Minister said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Azerbaijan and Pakistan was one of the first three countries that recognised independence of Azerbaijan.

He said that Baku was highly popular with Pakistan and it was a matter of satisfaction that there existed tremendous goodwill between the two countries. He emphasised the need for start of direct flights between Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

Fawad said, “We will welcome the exchange of media delegations of the two countries as it will provide an opportunity to know more about each others’ land, people and countries and learn by sharing experiences.”

The Ambassador invited the Minister to attend the Baku International Humanitarian Forum to be held in last week of October, and said that Azerbaijan considered Pakistan an important country.

He added President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev greatly valued his country’s ties with Pakistan, adding, “We also support Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir.”