2020-02-18

No:039/20, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi

On 18 February 2020, within his working visit to Brussels Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi.

At the meeting held in a mutually beneficial partnership atmosphere, the sides discussed the effective cooperation relations between EU and Azerbaijan, as well as the state of continuous negotiations over the new Agreement to constitute the legal basis of the relations. In this regard, the current negotiations in the trade area and the recent meeting held with the European Commissioner for Trade was touched upon.

Commissioner O. Várhelyi noted the importance of intensification of negotiations over the new Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan and proposed to reach an agreement over the document before the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in June 2020 and initial it during the Summit meeting.

At the meeting exchange of views were also held on the strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the EU in the sphere of energy, the projects implemented by Azerbaijan, providing the energy security of Europe, including the Southern Gas Corridor and the perspectives of its further development via new projects.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov invited the Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi to the Republic of Azerbaijan for holding broad discussions over the issues of mutual interest and exploring the opportunities for enhancing cooperation on bilateral and multilateral formats. In his turn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement accepted the invitation with satisfaction.

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