Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
As part of his working visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev arrived at the NATO Headquarters at invitation of the Alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomed President Aliyev.
After posing for official photographs, President Aliyev and Secretary General Stoltenberg had a meeting.
The successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO was stressed at the meeting.
Stoltenberg appreciated Azerbaijan's participation in the NATO peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan and expressed gratitude for the support rendered by Azerbaijan to Afghanistan.
NATO secretary general stressed that Azerbaijan's plan to expand assistance to Afghanistan can contribute to the economic development of that country.
In his turn, President Aliyev expressed gratification with the expansion of relations with NATO.
The president stressed that Azerbaijan actively participates in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan and in restoration of the Afghan economy.
During the conversation, gratification was expressed with the support rendered to NATO demining operations in Azerbaijan’s Jeyranchol area.
Importance of Azerbaijan as a transit country was emphasized in terms of cargoes supplied to Afghanistan. The successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and the EU was also stressed at the meeting.
During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
During the meeting which discussed regional issues, President Aliyev invited Stoltenberg to Azerbaijan.
NATO secretary general accepted the invitation with gratitude.