The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, has received the delegation of the European Parliament, currently on a visit to Baku. This is the first official delegation from the European Parliament to visit Baku for some time, although there have been visits by individual MPs. One of the issues under discussion is the return of Azerbaijan to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary forum bringing together the European Parliament and the Parliaments of the six Eastern Partnership countries.
photo: Members of the delegation of the European Parliament pose for a picture with Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliev during their visit to Baku on 20 September 2016. (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Azerbaijan)
A raft of issues are complicating relations between long time allies Turkey and the United States. But both sides continue using diplomatic back-channels to get as many concessions as possible from each other without fatally harming bilateral relations, argues Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed