Hikmet Hajiyev: EU-Azerbaijan new partnership agreement should meet requirements of both sides

Hikmet Hajiyev: EU-Azerbaijan new partnership agreement should meet requirements of both sides

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan.22

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

EU-Azerbaijan new partnership agreement should meet requirements of both sides, Assistant of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev told EURACTIV, Trend reports.

“The negotiation process is still going on between EU and Azerbaijan. There are certain fundamental areas, on which we have a little bit different views, but both sides with constructive engagement are working together to narrow this gap. Almost 90 percent of the text of the agreement has been finalized. But there are energy issues, but also trade issues, we are looking for more engagement from the EU side. They shouldn’t take preferential
position, or in other words, offensive trade approach with regard to the agreement. Based on that understanding, we do believe that we can move forward. Because for Azerbaijan, it is also strategically important that we have own internal reform process and own economic priorities and initiatives. The agreement should meet the requirements of both sides and in the meantime, there should be mutually beneficial approach,” he said.

Hajiyev noted that Azerbaijan’s relations with the European Union are one of the important directions of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy.

“Azerbaijan and the EU are cooperating in many different spheres. Azerbaijan is also an important partner of the EU in terms of trade. Biggest investors in Azerbaijan are mainly EU countries. The EU and Azerbaijan are closely cooperating in security, transport and energy fields. Especially, in the energy field the EU and Azerbaijan are strategic partners. This year is particularly important, as we will finalize the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Azerbaijani gas will physically be on the territory of Europe,” he added.

As for the Eastern Partnership program, he noted it should be tailor-made.

“As regards the Eastern Partnership, my president has once again mentioned that in general, it is a framework that brings together different countries and we are also a part of this process to be engaged. We are participating in the Eastern Partnership program. Currently, there are some talks and discussions about further development of Eastern Partnership. But for us inclusiveness in this process, and also not to rank the partners are extremely important. Eastern Partnership should be designed in a sense that particularly, needs and requirements of the partner countries should be met and it also should be tailor-made. Because from Azerbaijani perspective, we see the Eastern Partnership as a general framework and we are not asking for any kind of donor support or any kind of financial support within the Eastern Partnership. We want to build up further cooperation with the European Union by using the wider framework,” noted Hajiyev.

Moreover, he talked about Azerbaijan’s role in improving the connectivity between the East and West.

“In general, the Silk Road concept resonates with Azerbaijan’s own perception, because Azerbaijan was historically located on the ancient Silk Road. Therefore, along this road, along the Caspian Sea, we are building different connectivity mechanisms with our Central Asian partners. It is not only about transportation, it is also about information and communication technologies. Along the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan with our Central Asian partners, with China and some other partnering countries involved, is building a new fiber-optic line as well. We are working on maritime and air component of the Silk Road. Simply, things are going well. There is a big potential for trade turnover between China and EU and as a mid-corridor, Azerbaijan can play its role. Especially, with Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway system we see that we can do a lot with our EU partners. Azerbaijan’s railway system is well integrated and connected with Russian railway system. Now we are working with our Iranian partners, so that we can bring goods from wider Indian ocean to the northern part of Europe within a short range of time,” added Hajiyev.

Russian industrial holding sells its shares in Uzbek cement enterprise
Russian industrial holding sells its shares in Uzbek cement enterprise
Uzbekistan attracts Russian experts for reconstruction of Sardoba reservoir
Uzbekistan attracts Russian experts for reconstruction of Sardoba reservoir
Russia organizes charter flight from Turkmenistan
Russia organizes charter flight from Turkmenistan
Loading Bars
Kazakhstan-Indonesia trade plummets in 2020
Kyrgyzstan eyes importing electricity from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's coal extracting venture opens tender to buy welding equipment
Kazakhstan to prepare roadmaps for implementation of investment projects
Georgia reveals inflation rate
COVID-19 pandemic boosts popularity of cashless payments in Kazakhstan
UK house price growth picks up unexpectedly in February
Kazakhstan boosts imports from Malaysia
Turkmenistan names schedule of cargo flights to China, Germany for two months
TOP-10 private companies in Azerbaijan's January 2021 non-oil export
French Air Liquide to produce, supply technical gases to Atyrau refinery in Kazakhstan
Number of projects to be implemented in textile industry in Uzbekistan’s Syrdarya region
Oil and gas sector: German, Azerbaijani companies discuss opportunities in over 70 virtual B2B meetings (PHOTO)
Prices for Azerbaijani oil announced
Kazakhstan's oil & gas company opens tender to buy power supply units
Turkish-Iranian trade turnover rises in January 2021
Turkmenistan introduces new sanitary, hygienic requirements for passenger trains
Volume of goods received at Turkish ports from Greece disclosed
German retail sales tumble in January as lockdown bites
Uzbekistan announces launch date of solar photovoltaic station in Navoi region
JP Morgan Bank boosts 2021 Brent oil price forecast
Assessment of cultural heritage of Azerbaijan's Karabakh must be objective - French MP tells lagazetteaz.fr
Iran in favorable position to use all joint oil, gas fields – oil minister
Azerbaijan shares footage from Khojavand's Dudukchu village (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Mckinsey & Co. says oil demand to take 2-4 years to return to 2019 levels
Volume of stabilization fund stocks insufficient to curb prices - Kazakhstan's minister
Turkish president approves one more agreement with Azerbaijan
Kazakh banks have strong loss-absorption capacity - analysis
Israeli agriculture technologies successfully introduced in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan's monetary base notably grows in annual terms
Foreign exchange reserves of Azerbaijan's CBA increase over month
Turkmenistan resumes train communication between two cities
UN, Azerbaijan sign Framework Document on Cooperation (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani AzStateNet network records increase in number of blocked "intruders"
Indian diaspora holds Tiranga rally in Brampton for stronger ties with Canada
India, New Zealand discuss Indo-Pacific
Antigua and Barbuda thanks PM Modi for demonstrating 'act of benevolence' by distributing COVID-19 vaccines
Iranian currency rates for March 2
Bulgarian companies ready to participate in recovery projects in Azerbaijan’s liberated lands
With India’s aid, restoration work of heritage site in Nepal begins
Betting on death of petrol cars, Volvo to go all electric by 2030
From India to NASA, Scientist Swati Mohan Breaking Barriers in Space Exploration
India, US reaffirm strategic partnership at bilateral meeting of UN envoys
EIB’s energy efficiency investments constituted more 50% of all energy lending
India-Brazil space cooperation reaches new heights with launch of Amazonia-1 satellite
Renewables accounted for 35% of EIB energy investments
Azerbaijani currency rates for March 2
ECO freight train to resume operation after 9 years
Turkey publishes figures on cargo shipment via local ports from Georgia
Europe’s oil & gas industry marks 28% increase in cross-border deals
Oil extends losses on worry over possible supply increase from OPEC
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for March 2
Gas production dep’t managed by Uzbekneftegaz announces tender for construction of rotational camp
Iran interested in rapid revival of liberated territories of Azerbaijan – Iranian Ambassador (INTERVIEW)
Georgia to secure AstraZeneca vaccine in coming weeks
Iran-made COV-Pars vaccine one of world best vaccines: Official
Kazakhstan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases over past day
Chinese mainland reports 11 new imported COVID-19 cases
Uruguay begins vaccination drive against COVID-19
Uzbekistan reveals priorities for agriculture dev’t for 2021
5.1-magnitude quake hits 11 km S of Urrao, Colombia
Iraq reports 3,599 new COVID-19 cases, 699,088 in total
UN chief asks for generous donations for Yemen humanitarian operations
5 killed in helicopter crash in east China
New service of money transfers between Russia, Azerbaijan launched
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 347,000 in past day
EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays
Turkey eases coronavirus restrictions as cafes, eateries reopen
European Council President pledges Georgia to have access to Covid-19 vaccine
First vaccine against coronavirus registered in Uzbekistan
Iran, Syria enjoy $1.5 billion trade capacity: Official
More cargo from Georgia to Lithuania expected in future by Klaipeda Seaport
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Ambassador of Belarus discuss prospects for development of military co-op
Azerbaijani FM, Uzbek ambassador exchange views on current situation in region (PHOTO)
Numerous people take part in online survey on return to Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region
Azerbaijani State Insurance Commerce Company talks about closure of some branches
Azerbaijan to develop new services for microfinance sector
Overdue debt increases in Georgia
Georgia sees increase in volume of deposits in lari
Georgian commercial banks see decline in lending
Azerbaijan to use Turkey's experience in restoring monuments in liberated lands (PHOTO)
Georgian farmers can now get diesel benefits online
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on March 2
Azerbaijani SOFAZ unveils volume of foreign currency sold at auctions during February
Presidential website releases full version of press-conference of Azerbaijani president (VIDEO)
Uzbekistan, Organization of Islamic Cooperation talk prospects of cooperation
Georgia to secure first doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price rebounds
Statement in support of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity adopted at conference in Iran (PHOTO)
Contract signed in Iran on fish farming
Former French president Sarkozy convicted of corruption, handed jail sentence
Iran and Georgia fix problem with transit of trucks, through Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani SME Development Agency receives numerous applications for creation of businesses in liberated lands
Beekeeping to rapidly develop in liberated Azerbaijani lands - Association
Uzbekistan’s state budget expenditures mainly account for social sphere
State Insurance Organization opens tender for installation of drip irrigation system
Buta Airways Launches Flights to Tbilisi
Non-oil exports from Azerbaijan show uptick - CAERC
Russian industrial holding sells its shares in Uzbek cement enterprise
EU to propose vaccine passports in March in time for summer
All news