Pres­i­dent Aliyev at­tends NATO Sum­mit

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev was at the Head­quar­ters of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Union in the frame­work of his visit to Brus­sels on July 11, where he met with Don­ald Tusk, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil.

Dur­ing the meet­ing the sides had broad ex­change of views on de­vel­op­ment of com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion be­tween EU and Azer­bai­jan. They com­mended con­tin­u­ous ef­forts of both sides to­wards strength­en­ing of co­op­er­a­tion and noted suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, en­ergy, trans­port and other spheres.

The grow­ing role of Azer­bai­jan in the en­ergy se­cu­rity of Europe and the im­por­tance of the re­cently launched TANAP project were high­lighted. At the same time, the sides hold an ex­change of views on the sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion where Azer­bai­jan is lo­cated, as well as re­gional se­cu­rity and chal­lenges.

The par­ties dis­cussed the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict. Pres­i­dent Aliyev in­formed about the cur­rent sta­tus of the con­flict.

Don­ald Tusk noted that Azer­bai­jan has pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in the sphere of build­ing a sec­u­lar and mod­ern so­ci­ety.

Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, the sit­u­a­tion with hu­man rights and the is­sues of Azer­bai­jan-EU co­op­er­a­tion in this field were dis­cussed.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, the EU-Azer­bai­jan Part­ner­ship Pri­or­i­ties Doc­u­ment was ini­tialed un­der the aus­pices of Pres­i­dent Aliyev and Tusk, Azer­bai­jan’s For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov and High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the EU for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion Fed­er­ica Mogherini.

Il­ham Aliyev and Don­ald Tusk highly ap­pre­ci­ated the Part­ner­ship Pri­or­i­ties doc­u­ment be­ing ini­tialed and noted with sat­is­fac­tion that this doc­u­ment will open up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of part­ner­ship re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the EU.

As in­di­cated in the first para­graph of the doc­u­ment, based on mu­tual in­ter­ests and com­mon val­ues with the aim of fur­ther strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion, Azer­bai­jan and the EU agreed on the pri­or­i­ties for joint co­op­er­a­tion.

At the same time, in the first para­graph, along with the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty of coun­tries, the com­mit­ment of both sides to sup­port the in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized borders is ex­pressed.

The doc­u­ment, based on part­ner­ship and mu­tual re­spect, also notes the pos­si­ble con­tri­bu­tion of the EU to the work be­ing car­ried out to sup­port the pol­icy aimed at Azer­bai­jan’s di­ver­si­fy­ing its econ­omy, the agenda of eco­nomic re­forms in the coun­try.

The doc­u­ment em­pha­sizes that Azer­bai­jan has fa­vor­able geostrate­gic po­si­tion. The doc­u­ment also stresses that the EU sup­ports the con­tri­bu­tion Azer­bai­jan makes to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the East-West and North-South trans­port and en­ergy projects.

At the same time, the doc­u­ment says that early im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Southern Gas Cor­ri­dor project and, as a re­sult, the delivery of nat­u­ral gas to Euro­pean mar­kets, are among the top pri­or­i­ties.

It high­lights the con­tri­bu­tion Azer­bai­jan makes to the de­vel­op­ment of in­ter­cul­tural dia­logue, as well as the fact that the EU shows a spe­cial in­ter­est in co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan in this field. At the same time, the ini­tialed doc­u­ment re­flects prospects for dia­logue on the abo­li­tion of visas be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the EU.

As part of the visit Pres­i­dent Aliyev also met with his Afghan coun­ter­part Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani in Brus­sels.

The head of state re­called with sat­is­fac­tion the vis­its of Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani to Azer­bai­jan and the meet­ings held so far. He said that the meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Con­tact Group on Afghanistan was suc­cess­fully held in Baku and good dis­cus­sions were held.

Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the con­tin­ued sup­port by Azer­bai­jan to Afghanistan in var­i­ous fields, and also for the fact that Azer­bai­jan held the meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Con­tact Group on Afghanistan.

At the meet­ing, the sides noted suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields be­tween the coun­tries and em­pha­sized the sup­port ren­dered by Azer­bai­jan to Afghanistan in the hu­man­i­tar­ian sphere.

The two lead­ers hold an ex­change of views on re­gional is­sues and noted Azer­bai­jan’s spe­cial role in restor­ing peace in Afghanistan. The par­ties also dis­cussed prospects for co­op­er­a­tion in the eco­nomic sphere be­tween the coun­tries.

Then Pres­i­dent Aliyev at­tended a reception or­ga­nized for the heads of state and govern­ment of the coun­tries al­li­aes and part­ners NATO.

On the next day Pres­i­dent Aliyev at­tended a North At­lantic Coun­cil meet­ing on the NATO Resolute Sup­port Mis­sion with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of po­ten­tial op­er­a­tional part­ners and heads of state and govern­ment of part­ner coun­tries con­tribut­ing to the NATO oper­a­tion in Afghanistan.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing he met with Un­der-Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs of the United Na­tions Rose­mary DiCarlo.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil Don­ald Tusk shake hands as they met in Brus­sels on July 11.

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