Azerbaijan’s foreign minister meets with EU commissioner in Budapest
As part of his official meeting to Budapest, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov held a meeting with European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, the Foreign Ministry’s press service told News.Az.
The parties discussed relations between Azerbaijan and the EU, including the current situation in the region.
Bayramov highlighted the presence of a multifaceted agenda for cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU, emphasizing several issues in this specific area and welcoming the level of development of relations in political, economic, trade, transportation, energy security, and other areas.
He pointed out that the project of a new comprehensive agreement planned to be signed between Azerbaijan and the EU can play an important role in the further development of relations.
The minister stressed the importance of the memorandum of understanding on strategic partnership in the energy sector between Azerbaijan and the EU, which envisions joint activities in the field of energy security as well as the development of alternative energy resources.
Discussing Azerbaijan's initiatives in expanding the potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor), Bayramov noted that the opening of all transportation routes in the region, including the Zangazur Corridor, can significantly foster this process.
He also informed Varhelyi in detail about the current situation in the region at the post-conflict phase, the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the signing of a peace agreement, the steps taken by Azerbaijan towards the reintegration of the Armenian population living in the region, and Armenia's provocations that undermine the peace process.
The meeting also featured an exchange of views on other issues of mutual interest.