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Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev meets with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on February 28. The last 12 months have seen a marked increase in diplomatic visits and discussions between the two countries. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Azerbaijan’s diplomatic contacts with Pakistan have intensified over the past year, with a particular focus on military and energy cooperation. But it remains unclear to what degree this developing partnership is being driven by realism, and how much by romanticism.
 
The last 12 months have seen a marked increase in diplomatic visits and discussions between the two countries. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Baku in October, and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev reciprocated with a trip to Islamabad from February 28-March 1, attending a summit of the Organization of Economic Cooperation.
 

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Zaur Shiriyev is an Academy Associate at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Azerbaijan: Ties with Pakistan Focusing on Arms and Energy

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