Malta ready to con­trib­ute to reach­ing Azer­bai­jan-EU deal

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

Malta sup­ports the sign­ing of the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Azer­bai­jan, said Joseph Mus­cat, Prime Min­is­ter of Malta.

Malta sup­ports the sign­ing of the Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Azer­bai­jan, said Joseph Mus­cat, Prime Min­is­ter of Malta.

Mus­cat made the re­mark at a meet­ing with Azer­bai­jan’s For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov on April 17, adding that the coun­try is ready to con­trib­ute to this process, the For­eign Min­istry re­ported.

High­light­ing the im­por­tance of re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the EU, Mus­cat ap­plauded the EU's high-level of­fi­cials’ as­sess­ment of the re­la­tion­ship as a strate­gic part­ner­ship.

The new agree­ment should re­place the 1996 part­ner­ship and co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment and should bet­ter take ac­count of the shared ob­jec­tives and chal­lenges the EU and Azer­bai­jan face today.

The first meet­ing on a new agree­ment be­tween the EU and Azer­bai­jan was held in Brus­sels on Fe­bru­ary 7, 2017. The next round of negotiations on the agree­ment will be held in Baku on April 25.

Mus­cat fur­ther ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the cur­rent high level of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween Malta and Azer­bai­jan.

He men­tioned that Malta is in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan and ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that this visit will con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Mam­mad­yarov, in turn, said that the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have de­vel­oped dy­nam­i­cally in the re­cent years and the high-level vis­its have cre­ated fer­tile ground for their fur­ther en­hance­ment. In this re­gard, the min­is­ter stressed the pos­i­tive re­sults in the de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in eco­nomic and en­ergy fields.

Not­ing that the of­fi­cial visit to Malta co­in­cided with this coun­try’s EU pres­i­dency, Mam­mad­yarov briefed the Prime Min­is­ter about the de­vel­op­ment prospects of EU-Azer­bai­jan re­la­tions and the negotiations on the draft of the agree­ment for co­op­er­a­tion with EU.

The min­is­ter also touched upon the negotiations process on the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and stated the im­por­tance of ex­press­ing EU's com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples of ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, sovereignty, in­de­pen­dence and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of bor­ders of states in a com­mon and un­am­bigu­ous man­ner in re­spect of all con­flicts.

The sides also dis­cussed the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions in var­i­ous fields and ex­changed their views on transna­tional en­ergy and trans­port projects, as well as other top­ics of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Fur­ther, Mam­mad­yarov met with An­gelo Far­ru­gia, the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Malta.

The sides ex­pressed their sat­is­fac­tion with the cur­rent level of co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual high-level vis­its be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Malta.

The sides em­pha­sized the role of par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy and hailed the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the leg­isla­tive bod­ies of two coun­tries. They com­mended the con­tri­bu­tions of par­lia­men­tary friend­ship groups to ad­vance these re­la­tions.

The meet­ing be­tween El­mar Mam­mad­yarov and his Mal­tase coun­ter­part Ge­orge Vella iden­ti­fied pri­or­ity ar­eas for the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion on sev­eral sec­tors, in­clud­ing tourism, in­vest­ment and trans­port.

The two min­is­ters noted sat­is­fac­tion with the level of the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, they stressed the ex­ist­ing good po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue.

To de­velop re­la­tions, the min­is­ters stressed the im­por­tance of ex­pand­ing and strength­en­ing the le­gal frame­work, in par­tic­u­lar in such ar­eas as eco­nomics, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture.

Fol­low­ing his Malta visit, Mam­mad­yarov will travel to Italy.

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