The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev will make a visit to Brussels on November 8, the Special Envoy of the NATO Secretary General for South Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons told a Press-Conference on October 9 in Baku, Trend reports. During the tour, the State Head will visit NATO headquarter, held meeting with the NATO Secretary General and visit various bodies of the organization.
Simons stressed that during his stay in Baku, he held talks with the Azerbaijani President, of Foreign Minister, Defense Minister, Minister of National Security, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov. The aim of the visit is to hold the review of the implementation of the Action Plan for Individual Partnership between Azerbaijan and NATO (APIP), which will be discussed in spring of 2007.
The Special Envoy underlined that the co-operation between Azerbaijan and NATO is reflected in APIP and is related with the reforms, particularly in the military sphere. I was informed about the first steps taken by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry for the full military reforms, he added. In addition, Simmons emphasized that still there are many works to fulfill, especially for the governmental co-ordination in fight with terrorism and counteraction with threats in the energy sphere.
Simmons pointed out that his visit to Baku gave him an opportunity to hold consultations with the high-ranking official of Azerbaijan regarding the situation in South Caucasian region. He added that NATO supports the territorial integrity of all countries and peaceful settlement of the conflicts.