Premier: Azerbaijan a key state in Eastern Partnership

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov conferred Wednesday with Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma while on a working visit a month ahead of the Riga Summit on the EU’s Eastern Partnership, reported the Cabinet of Ministers press service.

Afterwards at a joint press conference Straujuma stressed the “strategic significance” of Azerbaijan’s role in the further development of the Eastern Partnership, making sure to tweet the same message later.

Amongst their discussion of bilateral relations, which both sides agreed have been dynamic and successful in the economic realm and should be continued, their talks focused on preparations for the May 21-22 Riga Summit.

Mammadyarov affirmed Azerbaijan’s solemn intent to represent its interests at the highest levels there, in light of common concerns with the EU regarding security in the south Caucasus region and expanding economic cooperation.

Later Mammadyarov met with Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs to continue his working visit.

Tomorrow the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili is scheduled to meet in the morning and later lunch with Prime Minister Straujuma in consecutive visits by Caucasus state leaders to Riga, where Latvia as current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU will host the summit held to help define the details all of their mutually declared interests.

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