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.
Azerbaijani media identified him as Bahram Hasanzada, a foreign citizen, and says he "was engaged in espionage according to instructions from foreign services, to the detriment of Azerbaijan's state security".
The report makes a number of recommendations that "aim to guide peace negotiators, policymakers, donors, and national and international civil society activists who work to promote mutual understanding and peace between the societies divided by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict".