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Mogherini highlights importance of EU-Azerbaijan partnership after Cooperation Council in Brussels

February 9, 2018

On 9 February, EU and Azerbaijani officials met in Brussels for the 15th Cooperation Council meeting between the two partners. Talking to the country’s Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said that the EU and Azerbaijan have not met in this format for some years now, adding that the two parties have resumed these meetings as part of intensifying their engagement since last year.

Mogherini said that “this renewed and intensified engagement […] includes the negotiations in which we have made progress towards a comprehensive new agreement between the European Union and Azerbaijan”.

“And let me say that the visit of the President [of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev] last year represented a very important moment on this path,” she added.

“I hope that these negotiations can be concluded soon, to make our partnership more relevant for the times we are living in, the challenges we face and the opportunities we have to take.”

At the meeting, the EU and Azerbaijan reviewed the overall state of their bilateral cooperation, as well as the important agenda of the Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy.

“Azerbaijan is an important partner for the European Union, whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity the European Union supports fully.”

Mogherini highlighted that the EU remains Azerbaijan's largest economic partner, representing nearly half of the trade of the country at over 48 per cent. The EU is also the largest foreign direct investor in Azerbaijan.

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Statement by Federica Mogherini

 

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