Azerbaijan occupies special place in EU Eastern Partnership program: Slovenian President Dr. Danilo Turk (INTERVIEW)

Azerbaijan occupies special place in EU Eastern Partnership program: Slovenian President Dr. Danilo Turk (INTERVIEW)

Slovenian President Dr. Danilo Turk spoke in an exclusive interview with  the European Desk of Trend Agency in the run up to his visit to Azerbaijan scheduled for Nov. 9-10.

Azerbaijan, Baku, November 5 / Trend E.Ostapenko/

Trend : Are you pleased with the current level of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Slovenia? What is the potential for the development of intergovernmental relations?

Dr. Danilo Turk: The cooperation between two governments could certainly be improved and upgraded. We are both new countries in the European space. We have many visions in common and we need to consult more often. I believe that at the political level we need more frequent and more regular consultations. And also, we need to improve our bilateral economic relations. In that context I should say that the potential for cooperation is far from being exhausted and one of the purposes of my visit is precisely to explore the possibilities for further strengthening of both political and economic cooperation.

Q: How do you see the current level of bilateral economic and trade cooperation between Azerbaijan and Slovenia? And what are the perspectives for its development?

A: The current level of trade exchange is very low and has to be improved. I see that there are possibilities for economic cooperation in many areas I shall be accompanied in Azerbaijan by a 70-member team of key business leaders of Slovenia. That demonstrates the level of interest that exists in our country. I believe that we have many areas of cooperation, including energy development, information technology, construction and investment in general. I also believe that we can do more in the area of financial services, insurance and other services areas. Just to give an example: In the area of construction we have a great deal of experience in construction of not only housing but also various industrial plants, sport areas and use of different new materials and new technologies of construction, which Slovenia's firms are using in the investments in Europe, in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East. I believe that there are also many other areas in which we can cooperate much more fully than is the case today.

Q: What strategy does Slovenia hold as a member of the European Union regarding the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

A: We are very concerned that this oldest "frozen" conflict persists for so long and that there hasn't been enough progress in the effort to find a proper solution. I believe that we need to strengthen the efforts of the entire membership of OSCE - and other actors to move the situation towards a solution, which can only be based on firm respect of international law, including such principles as peaceful settlement of disputes, territorial integrity of states concerned and other relevant principles of international law that need to be applied. I believe that it is time for a strong effort by the European union and other OSCE actors. I shall be interested in learning from President Aliyev about his most recent experience in communication with Armenia and with other actors relevant to this situation.

Q: How does Slovenia as one of the youngest members of the European Union see the perspectives of the EU initiative of Eastern Partnership towards Azerbaijan?

A: Slovenia is indeed one of the new members of the European Union. We would like to see the Eastern partnership to be strengthened and I think it is important to look into the possibilities of each individual partner states. Azerbaijan as an important oil and gas producing country has a special place in this context and we need to do much more to establish new gas and oil routes from Azerbaijan via Georgia and Turkey and in other ways to the European Union countries. But it would be inappropriate to reduce this relationship only to the issue of energy. We need to look at the variety of other areas including the question of the strengthening of democracy and the cooperation between different religions. Azerbaijan has an important experience in bringing the Islamic cultural element into the polity of the country. All these can be important ingredients of the Eastern partnership towards Azerbaijan, something the European Union should work for.

Do you have any feedback? Contact our journalist at [email protected]

Uzbekistan’s business activity index sharply increases
Uzbekistan’s business activity index sharply increases
Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture extends tender for purchase of necessary goods
Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture extends tender for purchase of necessary goods
Polymetal International boosts gold output in Kazakhstan, Russia
Polymetal International boosts gold output in Kazakhstan, Russia
Loading Bars
Latest
Azercell’s high-speed mobile internet continues to cover on and under the ground
High provision of reserves positively affects Azerbaijan's sovereign rating - Gazprombank
Azerbaijan establishes Commercialization & Technology Transfer Center
Azerbaijan's MoD shows footage from Zangilan's Najaflar village (VIDEO)
Azerbaijan maintaining stable credit position despite pandemic - Renaissance Capital
Azerbaijani currency rates for Apr. 23
Georgia, Bulgaria aiming for improvement of maritime shipping
Growing share of renewables to cause electricity price volatility
Azerbaijan enters era of fourth industrial revolution based on artificial intelligence - Ministry
India's posts world record daily COVID cases for second straight day
Situation in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city following Armenia's attack – war crime, French lawyer says
Georgia shares data on revenues from excise taxes in 1Q2021
EBRD aims to finance main economic spheres in Georgia
13 patients killed in hospital fire in western India
Azerbaijan applies world experience in construction of digital cities
Russia and Azerbaijan interested in Georgian mussels and oysters
Lending to legal entities, individuals in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan drops
Georgia reveals volume of taxes, paid by its citizens
Azerbaijan discloses data on 1Q2021 oil export to Israel
EU leaders seek to lead climate action in carbon trading
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter logs another successful flight on Mars
More than 874,000 COVID-19 infections detected worldwide over past 24 hours
Iran cuts number of centrifuges enriching uranium to 60% purity, IAEA report says
3 rockets land near Baghdad airport in Iraq
Israel reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, 837,668 in total
Eight missing in Shanghai factory fire
Georgian FM meets Turkish counterpart in Bucharest
UN Environment, WHO support Georgia in deciding on regulation on lead paint
Uzbekistan’s business activity index sharply increases
55 new cases of "double mutation" variant found in UK in latest week
Azerbaijani athlete reaches final of European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Azerbaijan's banking sector wraps up 1Q2021 with profit
Internet data transmission speed slightly down in Azerbaijan
National Bank of Georgia sells funds at foreign exchange auction
Georgia sees increase in vegetables export
State Customs Committee discloses export of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Georgia
Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture extends tender for purchase of necessary goods
Flydubai to resume flights at Georgian Batumi International Airport
Polymetal International boosts gold output in Kazakhstan, Russia
Brazil reports 3,472 more deaths
Kazakh gas supply company opens tender for construction of operational base
Georgia unveils data on exports of fruits and nuts in 1Q2021
Azerbaijan plans to increase production of fish and fish products
Turkey’s export of furniture and timber to Turkmenistan down
Kyrgyzstan ranks second in world in terms of cheapest mobile internet
Iran's annual exports of dried fruit, nuts grows %42
Georgia opens 69-th online session of UN Economic Commission for Europe
World community must know about Armenian atrocities in Azerbaijan – French lawyer
PM Modi announces India-US partnership on climate, clean energy
Azerbaijan Airlines to start operating special flights to London
Building of Azerbaijan’s Mud Volcanoes Tourism Complex to look like crater from above
Strengthening confidence-building measures in Azerbaijan-Armenia relations most important - Russian MFA
Georgia publishes budget performance report of 1Q2021
French lawyers arrive in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city, shelled by Armenia during war (PHOTO)
EIB financing helped to launch 60 satellites into space in 2020
EIB likely to support dev’t of renewable energy sphere in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for Apr. 22
Azerbaijan confirms 2,047 more COVID-19 cases, 2,610 recoveries
Baku entitled to demand compensation from Armenia – Russian political analyst
IATA revises 2021 forecasts of world airlines losses
Azerbaijan to open tourism bureau in Israel
Belarus to supply components for Azerbaijan to assemble tractors in 2021
Several more Russian airlines allowed to operate flights to Baku
EIB exploring new project ideas to support digitalization across Eastern Partnership
SOCAR won't participate in sales of Antipinski Refinery’s property
NCOC talks Marine Access Channels Project plans at Kazakh Kashagan field
Azerbaijan's Aghdam in complete ruins - French lawyer
Uzbekistan’s Central Bank notes decrease of inflation rate
EAG working on assessing Turkmenistan's compliance with FATF recommendations
Uzbekistan GTL to buy pipes via tender
Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil to pay out dividends for 2020
Economy Ministry shares data on revenues from Azerbaijan's non-oil and gas sector
Turkmenistan elected member of Executive Board of UN Entity for Gender Equality, Empowerment of Women
Historical monuments in Azerbaijan's Aghdam vandalized - French criminal justice attorney
Kazakhstan’s KazTransOil decreases oil transshipment volumes in 1Q2021
Turkmenistan increases processing of agricultural products
Turkmen company exports tomatoes to Austria
Autoclave gas blocks plant construction launched in Kazakhstan's Turkestan
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan launches new communication facilities in 1Q2021
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan sees decrease in insurance portfolio for 1Q2021
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price again falling
Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan State Statistical Committee shares data on reconstruction of roads
Equinor to electrify over 35% of its total oil & gas output base by 2025
Russia leads among countries exporting goods to Azerbaijan
Iran’s CBI allocates funds for import of essential products
Output from Georgian Enguri HPP to increase after reconstruction - Director of Enguri HPP
Azerbaijan shares footage from Jabrayil's Shahverdili village (VIDEO)
Tesla opens Tel Aviv pop-up store
Russian airline receives permission to operate flights to Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan’s 3M2021 retail trade turnover of small business decreases
Number of bank accounts increases in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan
American Airlines loss narrows as travel demand picks up
Azerbaijan jointly with Russia sets up car manufacturing enterprise
Number of innovative companies worldwide grows
Kazakhstan boosts production of coal, some petroleum products
Swiss president heads for damage-control EU summit
Etihad Airways to stop operating Boeing 777-300ER jets this year
Installation of info boards on roads leading to Azerbaijan's liberated lands continues (VIDEO)
French human rights activists visiting Azerbaijan's Aghdam (PHOTO)
Georgia increases imports of tomatoes from Azerbaijan
All news