Statement the Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev after the signature of the documents between Azerbaijan and Norway - April 24, 1996

I am very satisfied with my first official visit to Norway as President of the independent Azerbaijan and I thank the prime ministers of Norway Ms. Brundtland for this invitation. The negotiations carried on by us and the documents signed just now are a great stage for the future development of the Norwegian-Azerbaijani relations, it is a historical event for the republic of Azerbaijan, for our nation.

I think that the cooperation between Norway and Azerbaijan develops successfully, however there are great opportunities for its development in future. I thank Ms. Brundtland for the attention and hospitality rendered to me and the delegation accompanying me in Norway, in Oslo.

I have invited prime minister Ms. Brundtland for an official visit to Azerbaijan and I shall wait impatiently her visit. I shall go to Stavanger, and it is very interesting to me to get acquainted with high achievements of Norway in the sphere of oil industry, in particular in the sphere of high technology. All this is a good opportunity for the Norwegian-Azerbaijani friendship.

“Heydar Aliyev: Our independence is eternal” (speeches, declarations, statements, interviews, letters, appeals, decrees) – Azernashr, Baku-1998, vol.VI, pp.171