Latvia, Azerbaijan talk transport and trade

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On 13 February in Baku, Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with his Azeri counterpart Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, to discuss business cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

"Rinkēvičs pledged Latvia’s support for the strategic partnership agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan, which is to strengthen the political dialogue and provide for expanded cooperation in economy, transport logistics and the energy sector," a release said, without quoting either minister directly.

"The discussion highlighted the issue of attracting cargo deliveries from Azerbaijan by the ZUBR container train connecting transport hubs in the Baltic, Black and Caspian Sea regions. The ministers agreed that the successful positioning of ZUBR depends on a competitive offer of tariffs and, therefore, it is essential to promote dialogue between the responsible public institutions and the private sector," the release added.

Rinkēvičs and Mammadyarov also exchanged views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia and "intensifying cooperation in education, science and culture,"

According to the Azeri Foreign Ministry, Mammadyarov "briefed about the importance of the visit of H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Brussels and his meetings in the EU."

Aliyev is the authoritarian ruler of Azerbaijan, who recently visited Brussels.

On Nagorno-Karabakh "Azerbaijan highly appreciates the support of Latvia for the just position of our country on the settlement of the conflict in compliance with the principles of international law, particularly in the framework of territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of the states," said the Azeri ministry.

An agreement between the Government of Latvia and the Government of Azerbaijan on visa waivers for the holders of service passports was also signed during the visit.


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