The new European Union Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Kestutis Jankauskas, has formally started his mission after presenting his credentials to the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev this morning.
In remarks at the ceremony of the presentation of credentials c said he will spare no efforts "to further develop the EU-Azerbaijan relations which are based on mutual benefit, common values and mutual interests in all spheres. This covers not only the energy field, but also the areas as transport, diversification of the economy and the building of a modern state and society. We appreciate Azerbaijan's role as a stable and reliable partner in the region and its importance as a country, which built a tolerant, multicultural and secular society."
In reply President Aliyev said, "We are very pleased with the level of our partnership with the European Union, and the European Union is our key trade partner. Of course, our cooperation is not limited to trade and energy sectors, it covers a wide range of areas."
Describing his last visit to Brussels as a success, President Aliyev noted that the trip encouraged an active negotiation process on the new partnership document between Azerbaijan and the European Union, and these talks currently successfully continue.
President Aliyev expressed his hope that the European Union's stance on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan will remain unchanged.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: The new EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan in meeting with President Aliyev shortly after the ceremony of the presentation of credentials held in Baku on 12 September 2017 (picture courtesy of the press service of the President of Azerbaijan)
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