Azerbaijan, along with other countries, receives invitation to Eastern Partnership summit
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovics on Apr.28 in Riga gave the heads of diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine formal invitations addressed to the partner countries to participate in the 4th summit of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).
The summit will be held in Riga on May 21-22 in 2015, the press service of the foreign ministry said, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Official invitations to the partner countries of the EaP were signed by the head of the European Parliament Donald Tusk, head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma.
"The Riga summit will provide an opportunity to assess progress made since the third Eastern partnership summit held in Vilnius," Pildegovics said.
"In addition, the development of EaP policy and the interaction between the EU and partner countries of the EaP within the framework of bilateral and multilateral cooperation will be discussed at the Riga summit."
The Eastern partnership is one of two directions of the EU European Neighborhood Policy (ENP).
The ENP was developed in 2004 to make stronger relations between the EU and neighboring countries. The first EaP summit was held in 2009 in Prague (Czech Republic), the second summit in 2011 in Warsaw (Poland), the third EaP summit was held in November 2013 in Vilnius (Lithuania).