Date of next round of talks on new EU-Azerbaijan agreement disclosed (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 20:23)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 4
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
The next round of negotiations on a new agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan will be held in mid-December, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev told Trend Dec. 4.
“These negotiations will be sectoral,” he said.
The European Council adopted a mandate for the European Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its member states, a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan in November 2016.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will follow the principles endorsed in the 2015 review of the European Neighborhood Policy and offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.