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Azerbaijan, EU to start talks on visa-free regime (exclusive)

Politics Materials 1 December 2016 14:09

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1

By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend:

After the agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU is successfully implemented, Azerbaijan will request an action plan for a visa-free regime with Europe, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev told Trend Dec. 1.

He said that Azerbaijan and the EU are successfully implementing the agreement on simplification of the visa regime.

Agreement on simplification of the visa regime between EU and Azerbaijan entered into force Sept. 1, 2014.

“Azerbaijan and the EU signed two agreements on visa facilitation and readmission, and as far as I know, Azerbaijan has no serious violations,” said the deputy foreign minister. “There are very few migrants in the EU from Azerbaijan, at least in comparison with other countries. If all goes well, the next stage of the implementation of the visa-free regime between the EU and Azerbaijan will begin.”

He said that the most important thing for Azerbaijan is the exact fulfillment of all obligations under the agreement, in order to have arguments to request an action plan for implementation of the next stage of the agreement.

The deputy foreign minister noted that currently, the visa-free regime between Azerbaijan and the EU is applied only those with diplomatic passports.

Mammad-Guliyev went on to add that the Brexit won’t affect future negotiations between the EU and Azerbaijan on a new strategic agreement.

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