Azerbaijani FM meets European Commissioner in Budapest (PHOTO)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 5. Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Jeyhun Bayramov has met with European
Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi in
Budapest, as part of his visit to Hungary, the Azerbaijani Foreign
Ministry told Trend.

According to the ministry, 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 European Union (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 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 details about the current situation
in the region at the post-conflict phase (following the 2020 second
Karabakh war), 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 involved an exchange of views on other issues
of mutual interest.

Bayramov has been paying visit to Hungary since September 4.

During the visit, Bayramov met with Hungary’s Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations Peter Szijjarto.

The private meeting between the ministers continued with the
participation of the delegations of both sides, and the first
meeting of the Azerbaijani-Hungarian Strategic Dialogue was
held.

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