Azerbaijan is ready to sign a document on strategic partnership with the EU, the country's foreign mnister said on Tuesday.
"Azerbaijan has already presented the document on Strategic Partnership project to the European Union," said Elmar Mammadyarov, according to the APA news agency.
"Mrs. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan. We expect that the European Union will officially start working on this project. The Azerbaijani side stands ready for the negotiations on this issue," he said at a press conference with the Greek foreign minister.
Georgia has signed an Association Agreement with the EU, but Azerbaijan has been consistent in rejecting one. Armenia had plans to sign an Association Agreement with the EU, but in September 2013 instead chose to join the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union
Azerbaijan has said many times it wants a strategic relationship with the EU and that it wants to translate some of the work it has done bilaterally with EU member states into an overarching agreement. The EU says it is ready to cooperate.
source: commonspace.eu with APA.az, mfa.gov.az
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The transfer of the body of Tatunashvili back to Georgian jurisdiction was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is now expected that the Georgian authorities will hold an autopsy on the body to ascertain the cause of death.