A comprehensive discussion was held on the next round of Partnership Agreement negotiations between Azerbaijan and the European Union. Sides expressed their hope that the draft of partnership agreement will be finalized by EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in the end of the year. It was also stated that the next round of negotiation is scheduled to be held in July 2017.
Minister Elmar Mammadyarov gladly stressed that holding the draft agreement negotiations in constructive and intensive manner is a positive sign. He also added that political and trade aspects of the draft agreement were discussed at the current round of negotiations. E.Mammadyarov called Azerbaijan as a reliable partner of the European Union.
Furthermore, E.Mammadyarov briefed guests about the negotiation process on the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict, which remains main threat for the entire region. He added that existence of military forces of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and Armenian policy to maintain status quo, which is based on occupation, doesn’t allow achieving progress in the conflict resolution process.
Minister E.Mammadyarov stressed the importance of a unified approach by EU with respect to the resolution of protracted conflicts based on the principles of respecting to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states within internationally recognized borders, as it is enshrined in the Global Strategy of EU.
EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn delivered his congratulations on National Salvation Day and pointed out that pragmatic and practical cooperation does exist between Azerbaijan and the EU in the fields of transport, trade, connectivity and energy.
Further development perspectives of the EU-Azerbaijan relations, as well as issues of mutual interests were discussed at the meeting.