ISLAMABAD    -   Pakistan and Azerbaijan on Wednesday agreed to enhance Pakistani workforce in Azerbaijan.

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Hu­man Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi and Minister of Labour and Social Secu­rity of Azerbaijan Sahil Babayev held an on­line meeting here to discuss the matter.

Both dignitaries discussed increasing bi­lateral relations, export of manpower and is­sues of mutual interest in detail.

The Azerbaijani minister told Sajid Hus­sain Turi that his country was witnessing a speedy development and it would need skilled manpower to complete various de­velopment projects.

Republic of Azerbaijan would like to learn from Pakistan’s experience in the field of manpower export and requested Pakistani side to extend its support in signing the Or­ganisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) La­bour Centre Statue.

Turi said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries on cooper­ation in the fields of labour employment and social security had been signed and now the time was right to implement it.

Turi said that both countries had al­ways enjoyed brotherly relations which would be further strengthened through mutual cooperation and understandings in various fields.

The minister highlighted the need to con­vene the 1st meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) constituted under the MoU as soon as possible, adding Pakistan fully sup­ports Azerbaijan in the formation of the La­bour Centre of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and would sign and ratify its statute once concurrence of the relevant stakeholders was received.

Azerbaijan Minister of Labour said that both the countries were enjoying good polit­ical relations, however, coordination on social and economic aspects needs further improve­ment. He expressed his grief and sympathies for the flood victims in Pakistan.

He also extended an invitation to his Paki­stani counterpart to visit Baku to deliberate further on the subject. Federal Minister Sajid Turi promised full support to his counterpart and said that soon he will be visiting Azerbai­jan.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Hayee and senior officials from both sides were also present in the meeting.