German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmayer, stated in Baku that the European Union (EU) is interested in the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan as an energy exporter country, Trend reports. He made this statement after a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov.
Germany, as an EU chairing country, intends to put every effort to intensify cooperation with the South Caucasus within EU's New Neighborhood Policy. The talks with the Azerbaijani Minister touched upon the bilateral relationships. The German Minister appraised reforms held in Azerbaijan in the economic and democratic spheres and attributed them as important for the establishment of legal state and development of democracy.
Key attention was attached to energy cooperation, regional problems, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and development of bilateral cooperation, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister stated.
Issues linked with the announcement of 2008 as a Year of Azerbaijani Culture in Germany were also discussed.