Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Alvin Botes, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa on the sidelines of the 18th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baku, APA reports citing MFA.
The sides expressed satisfaction over the existing bilateral cooperation relations and emphasized the perspectives of further enhancing the cooperation in economic, trade and other spheres.
The interlocutors stressed the important role of the diplomatic missions operating in the two countries in the development of the Azerbaijan-South Africa relations and maintaining political contacts. It was noted that successful bilateral cooperation within the framework of bilateral visits and international forums continues to meet the interests of both countries. In this regard, Minister Mammadyarov recalled his visit to South Africa as a good example of this cooperation.
Elmar Mammadyarov noted with satisfaction that the RSA is one of the key partners of Azerbaijan among the African Union countries and stressed the importance of cooperation in energy and other spheres.
In his turn, the South Afrikan official pointed out that his country is interested in further enhancement of trade relations.
Minister Mammadyarov also paid attention to the importance of coordinated activities between the NAM and G-77.
The sides also had an exchange on other global and regional issues of mutual interest.