Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic who is on an official visit in Azerbaijan

At the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the level of bilateral relationship and comprehensive cooperation in various fields between Azerbaijan and Italy. Commending high level political and economical relations between the two countries, they stressed the importance of making joint efforts to further strengthen this relationship. Ministers emphasized that the fundamental base of the bilateral political relations is “Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership” between Azerbaijan and Italy.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov highly appreciated his Italian counterpart’s first ever visit to Azerbaijan, noted that stable political, economic, energy, petrochemical, transport, tourism and humanitarian cooperation is successfully developing between our countries, while touching upon the importance of activity of Intergovernmental commission.

Minister Paolo Gentiloni mentioned that we have strong and reliable cooperation with solid political basis and excellent economic ties. He also added that his country supports the elevation of EU-Azerbaijan relations to qualitatively new level.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov underlined that the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation led by the First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan which particularly contributed to the humanitarian dimension of cooperation between the two countries.

Minister E. Mammadyarov briefed his Italian counterpart about the transport projects launched with Azerbaijan’s initiative and participation, including Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and in this regard he added that Italian companies can also get benefit from these opportunities.

The sides exchanged views on the implementation the TAP project which will play a significant role in ensuring the energy security of Europe. Ministers also spoke about the importance of the development of cooperation in the framework of international organizations and forums as well as mutual supports in this regard. They expressed their consent on the development of Azerbaijan-Italy inter-parliamentary relations and stressed that the mutual visits of the delegations contribute to the political relations between the two countries.

Noting that Italy is one of the states of OSCE Minsk Group, E. Mammadyarov informed his colleague on the latest status of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Elmar Mammadyarov underscored that according to the norms and principles of international law and in compliance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council the conflict has to be only settled on the basis of territorial integrity, sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. Elmar Mammadyarov also stated that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries at the level of heads of state declared the fact of unacceptability and unsustainability of the current status-quo. He stressed that the attempts to change the internationally recognized borders of states by use force is unacceptable. He added that Armenia attempts to undermine the negotiation process by pursuing destructive policy and resorting to the acts of provocations after Vienna and Sankt-Petersburg meetings.

During the meeting the sides mentioned the successful activities of Italian companies in Azerbaijan, particularly in energy sphere and stressed the importance of taking the necessary steps for the continuation of this successful collaboration in non-oil sector, especially in the fields of agriculture, textile-garment, leather processing, construction materials production, tourism, cultural and scientific-technical areas.

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