Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs: we expect Azerbaijan to be represented at the highest level at the Riga Summit

15.04.2015. 20:50

On 15 April, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Elmar Mammadyarov, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, who was in Latvia on an official visit. During the meeting, Edgars Rinkēvičs acknowledged the advancement of bilateral relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan. The Minister indicated that it was important to address measures for increasing trade volumes. Both Ministers concurred that Latvia and Azerbaijan have good potential for investment projects in sectors such as aviation, transport and logistics. Elmar Mammadyarov expressed condolences over the untimely death of the Ambassador of Latvia to Azerbaijan, Hardijs Baumanis, and praised Ambassador Baumanis's personal contribution to strengthening relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan.

Referring to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that Latvia expects Azerbaijan to be represented at the highest level at this event. The Riga Summit should send a clear signal about  individualised approach within the Eastern Partnership in view of the partner countries' aspirations for cooperation with the EU, while retaining the Eastern Partnership as a common platform.

Foreign Minister Mammadyarov said that Azerbaijan was interested in signing a strategic partnership agreement with the European Union. Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasised that it would be important to see EU-Azerbaijan cooperation in energy reflected in the Summit Declaration.

In regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Edgars Rinkēvičs said that the conflict should be resolved peacefully,  in accord with recommendations from international organisations.

The Latvian and Azerbaijani Foreign Ministers welcomed the agreement reached between the E3+3 and Iran in the talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Views were also exchanged on the developments in Ukraine.

As part of his official visit, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan also met with the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, the Chair of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), Ināra Mūrniece, and Latvia’s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma.


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