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European parliamentary president to visit Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 12 May 2011 14:26
European parliamentary head Jerzy Buzek will visit Azerbaijan on May 20-21 within a regional visit, head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Roland Kobia said at a press conference.
European parliamentary president to visit Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan , Baku, May 12 / Trend E. Ostapenko /

European parliamentary head Jerzy Buzek will visit Azerbaijan on May 20-21 within a regional visit, head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Roland Kobia said at a press conference.

The agenda includes discussions of the EU's relations with Azerbaijan, cooperation between parliaments and many other issues.

Head of the EU Foreign Service Catherine Ashton also plans to visit Azerbaijan. The details of her visit are still under consideration.

Former representative of the EU diplomatic service Miroslav Lashek will prepare Ashton's visit. He will arrive in June.

The details of both visits have not been announced.

On Friday, it was announced that Ashton and Buzek will hold meetings in Yerevan in May.

The EU has been cooperating with Azerbaijan since early 1990's.

At present, the cooperation includes various fields: from the traditional partnership in energy and trade to a political dialogue, the projects in agriculture, justice, environment, education and culture.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso paid an official visit to Azerbaijan recently.

The Joint Declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor was signed during the visit. EU representatives said it will give an impetus to the further development of relations.

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule first visited Baku in April 2010. The main item on his agenda was a meeting with Azerbaijani refugees.

The Eastern Partnership envisages the political and economic approximation of six post-Soviet states - Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia with the EU.

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