Azerbaijani president answered questions about Talibans


October 13, Fineko/abc.az. We are not still in this stage to make some steps. In general, Azerbaijan is not in the area of immediate proximity to Afghanistan. Of course, I think the neighbors of Afghanistan should make their decision first. And we have never been closely linked neither politically, nor economically, nor from point of view of transportation to Afghanistan.

ABC.AZ reports that President Ilham Aliyev stated about this, when replying the question of a journalist of Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The head of state added that therefore, Azerbaijan’s involvement in Afghanistan was only limited to peacekeepers.

“By the way, Azerbaijani military servicemen were among the last to leave Kabul airport. Our military servicemen left Kabul airport one day before that blast which took place there. So, until the end we were implementing our mission with dignity and maximum efficiency. Therefore, now, in Afghanistan it’s a period of the establishment of a new government, period of the establishment of foreign policy priorities. If we see positive tendencies, if we see positive attitude, if we see the signs of potential cooperation, of course, we will respond adequately. The main principle in Azerbaijan’s foreign policy is independence. Our foreign policy is absolutely free from any foreign dominance. The second is pragmatism. So, we will make our mind based on that,” the Azerbaijani leader said.