An official delegation of the European parliament is currently visiting the South Caucasus region for meetings with State and parliamentary leaders of the three countries.
The delegation is led by David McAllister, a German MEP from the European People's Party, who was recently appointed as the Chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Committee
On Monday (22 May) the delegation met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
According to the website of the Azerbaijani President "David McAllister informed President Ilham Aliyev about the program of their visit to Azerbaijan and to the region. He noted that the delegation includes members of different political groups represented in the European Parliament, adding that the visit aims to get closely familiarized with the situation in Azerbaijan. They also exchanged views on a number of issues, including recent ongoing processes in Azerbaijan, the country's cooperation with the European Parliament and its prospects, the current state of the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, human rights and freedom of expression", the website said.
The delegation is now continuing its visit to the region with stops in Georgia and Armenia
photo: The delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament met on Monday with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The meeting in Krakow between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan did not lead to a breakthrough, and none was expected. But there appears to be a change of gear in the negotiations, says Dennis Sammut in this week's Monday Commentary