Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.2
By Elchin Mekhtiyev - Trend:
Germany is one of the most important partners of Azerbaijan in the European Union (EU), said the speaker of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) Oktay Asadov at a meeting with a German delegation.
The delegation consisted of the chairman of the Board of the German-Azerbaijani forum, former General Secretary of the Central Council of German artisans, ex-Secretary of State Hans-Eberhard Schleyer, a member of the Bundestag, the head of the Germany -South Caucasus parliamentary group Karin Shtrents, chairman of the German-Israeli society Reinhold Robbe, the Secretary General of the German-Azerbaijani forum, former Secretary of State Michael Andreas Buts and CEO of the Eastern Committee of the German economy, Reiner Lindner.
Assad said that last year the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $2.2 billion, within the first six months of the current year this figure amounted to $1.3 billion.
He said the two countries have enough opportunities for the further development of trade.
The speaker said that he highly appreciated the work of the German-Azerbaijani forum.
Concerning the relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, the speaker noted that the relations between the two countries are developing intensively.
Assad also stressed the importance of the development of relations between the two parliaments.
Speaker recalled that Azerbaijan-German working group on inter-parliamentary relations operates in the Milli Majlis, and also said that a friendly group on the South Caucasus operates in the German Parliament, and noted the importance of cooperation between the friendly groups.
Hans-Eberhard Schleyer reported that the German-Azerbaijani forum serves for the development of relations between the two countries. He also noted that both parties contribute to the effectiveness of the forum. He also said that the cooperation of the forum with the Azerbaijani parliament is a positive moment.
Addressing to the Azerbaijani-German relations, the guest said that the two countries have a long history of relations.