Latest Eastern Partnership summit was the best one for Azerbaijan, says envoy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 29
By Nigar Guliyeva - Trend:
This Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels Nov.24 was the best summit for Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told Euractiv Nov.29.
“It was very constructive, future oriented and based on real politic. This summit united the people, united the countries and made them closer to each other,” he said.
Touching about the future agenda of the EU-Azerbaijan relations, Isgandarov said that the negotiation on the new partnership deal will be continued.
“It started immediately after the summit. The summit ended on Friday, and on Monday we have started a new round of negotiations. We discussed the political and security questions within the news agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU,” he noted.
Isgandarov further voiced hope that the negotiation process will be synchronized with the realization of all important projects.
The European Council adopted a mandate for the European Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its member states, a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan in November 2016.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European Neighborhood Policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.