Addressing a press conference Nov. 29 in Baku, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that he discussed the issues of development of bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and South Africa during his meeting with Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. The two countries are actively supporting each other on international arena, noted Mammadyarov. He added that the two sides discussed a number of issues related to the cooperation in the tax, financial, defense and energy sphere.
The Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries will take part in a “3+2” format meeting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which will be held in the framework of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Mammadyarov made the remarks at a joint press conference with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Baku Nov. 29. He recalled that Azerbaijan had accepted the proposal of France for a meeting of Foreign Ministers in the format of “3 + 2” on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9. “I don’t think the replacement of the co-chairs is going to change something. The new French co-chair (Stéphane Visconti) is an experienced diplomat who is familiar with the region,” he said commenting on the replacement of the US and French co-chairs of the Minsk Group.