Skerrit continues official visit to Azerbaijan
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Skerrit along with ambassador Vince Henderson and Barbadian Hartley Henry meets with the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Baku, Azerbaijan (TDN) - Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit continued his official visit to Azerbaijan today with a visit to the National History Museum of Azerbaijan. The museum was built in 1895-1897 and has some 300,000 exhibits on Azerbaijani history.
Skerrit and his delegation viewed displays about Caucasian Albania, Atropatena and Shirvan, historical states in present-day Azerbaijan.
Earlier in the week, Skerrit met with the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and Vice-speaker of the Parliament Valeh Alaskarov.
During his visit with the President the two were said to have discussed expanding bilateral relations including increased cooperation in matters of politics and the economy. A similar theme was echoed during the meeting with the Azerbaijan Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the Vice-speaker of the Azerbaijan Parliament noted that "strong political cooperation will promote versatile cooperation between two countries." He pointed to Azerbaijan's "quick economic development" and said "the republic is able to ensure economic cooperation with all foreign countries at high level'.
Skerrit for his part noted that the " large number of political parties represented at Parliament is evidence to democracy in the country," and that "Azerbaijan's achievements show that the right and correct strategy is being implemented in the country."
Skerrit further noted that "the Nagorno Karabakh problem should be peacefully resolved and within the frame of international laws."
Between February 1988 to May 1994 Azerbaijan and neigboring Armenia engaged in armed conflict in what became known as the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The conflict was over the small enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in southwestern Azerbaijan, between the majority ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh backed by the Republic of Armenia, and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
When the fighting ended, Armenians controled most of the enclave and also held and currently control approximately 9% of Azerbaijan's territory outside the enclave.
Skerrit is accompanied by Dominica's ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson and Barbadian Hartley Henry. The two countries established diplomatic relations in May 2011.