BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
The Minister for the European Neighbourhood Wendy Morton arrived in Azerbaijani city of Baku, Trend reports citing Morton's official Twitter page.
"As the first UK Foreign and Development Minister to visit Azerbaijan, I will be working closely with Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs to advance women’s rights - ensuring they have more opportunities in business and politics and can be safe from violence," she wrote.
(GMT+4) 00:01: The Minister for the European Neighbourhood will visit Baku to attend the annual UK-Azerbaijan Strategic Dialogue Summit, Trend reports.
UK Foreign Office Minister Wendy Morton will travel to Azerbaijan for a two day visit starting on Monday 8 February. The visit will seek to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Azerbaijan around areas of cooperation in green energy and tackling climate change, as well as advancing the rights of women and countering gender based violence.
On her first visit to Azerbaijan, Minister Morton will meet with Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov to discuss human rights and peace and stability in the wider Caucasus region following the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the vital role that women play in building a strong and long-lasting peace.
The Minister for the European Neighbourhood will also visit Baku to attend the annual UK-Azerbaijan Strategic Dialogue Summit (9 February) and sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to expand the partnership in environmental and climate issues.
Speaking ahead of her visit, UK Foreign Office Minister, Wendy Morton said:
"Our two countries share strong links between our people, cultures and in education. I look forward to discuss further areas of cooperation, as Azerbaijan embraces renewable energy and builds back greener following Covid-19 and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh."
"The UK has been a strong global advocate for women’s rights and I am also looking forward to meeting inspiring female leaders who are advancing women’s rights in Azerbaijan and working to combat domestic abuse".
"The UK is working closely with Azerbaijan on its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to encourage the government of Azerbaijan to strengthen women’s legal rights by signing up to the Istanbul Convention."
As part of the visit, the UK Minister will also meet with the Minister of Ecology & Natural Resources and Minister of Energy to discuss how the UK can work with Azerbaijan to transition to renewable energy and achieve a significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Minister Morton will meet with the Minister of Education to discuss the positive impact that the British Council is making to lives of young people through their English language programmes and attend the British Council’s UK Alumni Awards to meet graduates of leading UK institutions in Azerbaijan. The Minister will also establish ties between the Parliaments of both countries in a meeting with Azerbaijan’s female Parliamentary Speaker and meet prominent female leaders who are advancing women’s rights in Azerbaijan.