November, 2002 - Canada's Secratary of State for Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Gar Knutson visits School No. 34 in Baku, Azerbaijan, as part of a trip to the three countries of the South Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Mr. Knutson spent a day and a half in each country, meeting officials including the three Heads of State and representatives from intenational organizations and civil society groups.
Canadian companies to invest Azerbaijan economy
Canadian state secretary, who was in Baku with official visit, Gar Knutson hold consultation with Canadian businessmen after returning to home land.
On November 12 president Heydar Aliyev, in the meeting with Canadian state secretary for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Gar Knutson, discussed issues related to development of Azerbaijan-Canada relationships.
Having greeted guests, Heydar Aliyev said, he favors Azerbaijan-Canada relations extending. However, cooperation potential is not used fully, though "good conditions have been created" for Canadian business in Azerbaijan - Heydar Aliyev stressed. To his mind, Canada both as great state and OSCE member can give its recommendations for supplying peace and stability in south Caucasus. In reply word, mister Knutson said that his country is interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in trade-economy and energy spheres. Besides it, Ottawa also attaches a great importance to political relations with Baku.
Touching upon Karabagh settlement, Canadian diplomat said that to the extent of Baku-Tbilisi- Jeyhan oil pipeline realization and economic prosperity of the region this conflict would be settled. Canadian ambassador to Turkey Michael Lair also participated in the meeting. One of these days he would present his credential to Heydar Aliyev as Canadian ambassador to Azerbaijan. Same day SOCAR first vice president, deputy of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijan parliament) Ilham Aliyev met delegation, led by G. Knutson, as well. Greeting guests, Ilham Aliyev informed them about being realized economic reforms and democratic changes. He stressed, since gaining independence, Azerbaijan is one of the countries of CIS spaces, which extends its gross domestic product (GDP) yearly. In turn, Canadian state secretary said that Canada is familiar with Azerbaijan success. He said that some companies and corporations of his country are ready to invest Azerbaijan economy: "We know a good legislative base established in your country for investment protection and our cooperation would give an impetus for development and strengthening of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Canada".
After returning to homeland, Mr.Knutson would have consultations with Canadian businessmen concerning Azerbaijan economic potential. To his mind, not only oil- gas industry but also agrarian sphere, including cattle breeding, can be invested. Knutson also said that Canada is interested in Azerbaijan technology and traffic infrastructure development as well. Besides it, Ottawa is also ready to share with its experience in municipality area.
CANADA ATTACHES IMPORTANCE TO DEVELOPMENT OF LINKS WITH AZERBAIJAN
Director General of Canadian Foreign Ministry's Bureau on
Southeastern Europe David Preston has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Vilayat Guliyev.
During the meeting, Minister Vilayat Guliyev noted that the visit
would be very useful for strengthening friendly relations and
business contacts between Azerbaijan and Canada, and expressed deep
confidence of its positive impact on the perspectives of cooperation
between the two countries. He said he was a supporter of expanding
Canada-Azerbaijan relations in all spheres, and continuation of the
countries' cooperation in the international organizations.
According Mr. David Preston said the goal of the visit was to
exchange views concerning expansion of the relations between
Azerbaijan and Canada in various spheres, and stressed his country
attached importance to the development of mutually beneficial links
and closer cooperation in the frameworks of the international
The parties have also discussed a number of other issues of mutual