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Foreign Minister Mikser: next step must be taken in EU-Azerbaijan relations

12.06.2017

Today, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser met with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku and affirmed the good relations between the two countries. He said that Estonia would like to cooperate with Azerbaijan both bilaterally and in the framework of the Easter Partnership. The ministers also discussed the future of EU-Azerbaijan relations.

“Relations between Estonia and Azerbaijan, which celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this year, are good, but there is also untapped potential,” Mikser emphasised and pointed out the development of economic relations in particular. “We have great prospects in logistics and transit, but we could also strengthen ties in the fields of education, agriculture and IT,” he said.

Talking about the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Mikser emphasised the priority of Eastern Partnership. “The summit will be an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and to look further ahead,” the Foreign Minister said. “Our goal is that the results of the Eastern Partnership Summit taking place in November would be tangible and motivating to all Eastern partners to collaborate and continue with reforms,” Mikser confirmed.

“It is also important to take a next step in EU-Azerbaijan relations,” the Foreign Minister said, referring to negotiations on a new agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan. “We see that the new agreement would give a positive impetus to the partnership, political dialogue and economic cooperation between the two parties,” he said and expressed hope that the negotiations will be finished before the Eastern Partnership Summit.

Talking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mikser stressed that the situation needs a peaceful solution and expressed support for the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group. “We hope that both parties are ready to continue with negotiations. We would like the region to be stable and peaceful,” he added. The Foreign Minister called on the parties involved in the conflict to refrain from any steps that could heighten tensions.

The Foreign Minister also met with Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Ramin Quluzade to discuss the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and cooperation, including in the field of e-governance. In addition, Foreign Minister Mikser met with the EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Malena Mardi.


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Additional information:
Sandra Kamilova
Communication Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(+372) 5667 5362
press@mfa.ee
www.vm.ee

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