EU President congratulates Ilham Aliyev on re-election, urges continued engagement with OSCE

  08 February 2024    Read: 496
 EU President congratulates Ilham Aliyev on re-election, urges continued engagement with OSCE

Following President Ilham Aliyev's re-election, European Council President Charles Michel extended his congratulations and best wishes for the new term in his post on X platform. He emphasized the importance of continued engagement with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to ensure transparent and accountable governance.

Michel and Aliyev also discussed strengthening relations and cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan, focusing on areas like connectivity and energy. Additionally, they engaged in "substantive discussions" on the normalization process between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The EU President welcomed Azerbaijan's commitment to resuming the trilateral meeting in Brussels, a crucial step towards achieving a stable and prosperous South Caucasus.

During the phone conversation, they thoroughly discussed various aspects of relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union, particularly cooperation in the energy and transport sectors. Charles Michel emphasized that the European Union initiates specific projects aimed at developing ties with countries in the region in the field of transport and communications.

The parties also touched upon Azerbaijan`s hosting COP29 and cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan in this context.

Charles Michel asked President Ilham Aliyev to outline his position on the resumption of meetings between Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the European Union in a trilateral format in Brussels.

President Ilham Aliyev stated that Azerbaijan always supports trilateral meetings held in Brussels at the initiative of Charles Michel.

During the conversation, they exchanged their opinions on peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan and emphasized that the joint statement, adopted on a bilateral basis on December 7 between the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia, is an important step forward.

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