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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by new chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, German member of the European People's Party David McAllister May 22.
The president expressed hope that McAllister's visit with a large delegation to Azerbaijan will be successful, and fruitful discussions on cooperation and partnership will be held during the trip.
Pointing out the delegation's broad program, President Aliyev hailed the importance of the visit in terms of strengthening Azerbaijan's cooperation with the European Parliament and with European institutions in general.
McAllister informed President Aliyev about the program of the visit to Azerbaijan and to the region. He noted that the delegation includes members of different political groups represented in the European Parliament, adding that the visit aims to get closely familiarized with the situation in Azerbaijan.
They also exchanged views on a number of issues, including recent ongoing processes in Azerbaijan, the country's cooperation with the European Parliament and its prospects, the current state of the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, human rights and freedom of expression.