Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during his official visit to Moscow on May 21.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to Russia and said Russia is keen to advance relations with Azerbaijan in both bilateral and multilateral formats. Minister Mammadyarov thanked for warm reception and stressed that the existing strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia will keep developing in the years ahead. 
Russian Foreign Minister congratulated Minister Mammadyarov on the occassion of 28 May - Republic Day and underlined his country's interest to further enhance overall bilateral relationship based on the principle of equal rights. Both parties hailed developing bilateral ties and particularly noted the advancement of bilateral trade turnover. 
They also emphasized the effectiveness of intergovernmental commission and discussed various issues pertaining to the next meeting of the intergovernmental commission.
Minister Lavrov underlined the significance of bilateral humanitarian relations and in reference to the Second Baku International Humanitarian Forum, stressed that the fact that it drew wide participation was a testimony to the Forum's significance. He also emphasized the importance of Fourth Russia-Azerbaijan Interregional Forum and said that the first World Forum of Graduates of Moscow State Institute of International Relations was well organized in Baku.
They also explored ways to strenghthen legal framework for bilateral cooperation and noted the importance of continuing close cooperation in the frame of international organisations. They welcomed the fact that the first meeting of Azerbaijan-Russia Joint Commission on Demarcation was recently held and noted the need to continue works in that sphere. 
Ministers also discussed issues related to the North-South Transport Corridor. The plan for bilaterial political consultations for the period of the second half of 2013 and 2014 was signed between the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. 
Minister Elmar Mammadyarov briefed about Azerbaijan's relations countries in the region and noted that the commissioning of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway would give contribution to development of regional transport system.

Following the meeting Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Russia held joint press conference for the media.  



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