President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber. Recalling his visit to Belgium, President Ilham Aliyev noted the useful meetings and discussions held within this visit. Stressing that during this visit it was launched negotiations on a new agreement between EU and Azerbaijan, the head of state named it as an important step to develop bilateral cooperation even more, expressed hope the works would be continued actively and end in time. The president and EU representative had comprehensive exchange of views about the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, the situation on the contact line and current state of negotiations for solution to the problem and prospects.
The economic development was ensured, social problems were resolved, and the military build-up was carried out successfully in Azerbaijan in the first quarter of 2017, said President Ilham Aliyev. The president made the remarks at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socioeconomic development in the first quarter of 2017 and future tasks. “The international situation remains tense. Unfortunately, conflicts are going on, new risks are emerging. All necessary measures are being taken to ensure
safety in Azerbaijan”, added Aliyev.
The April battles are a glorious military victory showing the power of the Azerbaijani state, people and army, said Azerbaijan’s President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev. He made the remarks at a meeting with a group of servicemen on the anniversary of the April victory of the Azerbaijani army. These battles show that the Azerbaijani people and state will never reconcile to the occupation, and will restore Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity at all costs, he noted, and the professionalism of the Azerbaijani army. He added that the April battles should be included in military textbooks.
Azerbaijan, as one of the key countries in Heart of Asia – Istanbul process, and as Afghanistan’s close partner, supported this process and continues to play an important role in working in different areas, said Hekmat Khalil Karzai, deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan.He was addressing a meeting of senior officials of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul process member countries in Baku March 17. He expressed hope that the meeting of foreign ministers of the Istanbul Process member countries, which is planned to be held in Baku soon, will yield positive results in the promotion of this process and significant results will be achieved in restoring Afghanistan’s infrastructure, as well as peace and stability in the country.
Fourteen people have been released from the women’s prison No.4 in Azerbaijan upon the pardon order signed by the country’s president on March 16. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on March 16 pardoning 423 people. Under the order, 412 people, sentenced to imprisonment, have been freed from serving the remainder of their prison sentences.
Armenia shouldn’t avoid negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani President IlhamAliyev said in a joint press statement with French President Francois Hollande. Aliyev noted that France, as the co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, is making efforts to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Speaking about the bilateral agenda, the president said it is very extensive and he added that Azerbaijan and France very actively cooperate in other spheres as well.
Azerbaijan an and France maintain good relations in many fields, especially in political area, said President of France Francois Hollande. “We are aware of Azerbaijan’s role in talks with all partner countries in and beyond the region. Our only goal is peace. We are looking for peace against terrorism that we face today and that threatens not only the region, but the entire world”, Hollande said after talks with Azerbaijani President IlhamAliyev in Paris. He also highlighted the development of relations in economic area. Hollande pointed out that many French companies are operating in Azerbaijan. He hailed the talks between the Azerbaijani president and MEDEF companies as productive.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev has met with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCNS Hervé Guillou in Paris. The sides hailed cooperation between Azerbaijan and DCNS, which started in 2004. The implementation of a number of projects to build vessels of various designs and purposes was emphasized at the meeting. Good prospects for cooperation with Baku shipyard were highlighted. Azerbaijani president has also met with Chairman and CEO of CIFAL Group Gilles Remy in Paris.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev has today received the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs Stephane Visconti, Igor Popov, Richard Hoagland and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk. Russian co-chair said despite the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group includes new co-chairs from the US and France, the MG co-chair countries’ position on peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unchanged. He added the co-chair countries want to launch substantial peace talks as soon as possible.
Speaking at a meeting with visiting Azeri President IlhamAliyev in Tehran, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined that enemies are upset about the cordial relations between Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic.“The evil Zionist regime is trying more than all other enemies to weaken the brotherly relations between Iran and Azerbaijan and, (so) in return, the cordial ties (between Tehran and Baku) must be safeguarded”, Imam Khamenei said. The Leader mentioned common religion as the most important factor that creates a sense of closeness and relationship between the people of the two country. “Iran and Azerbaijan have always been, and still are, close together and the fact that about one million Azeri people traveled to Iran last year is just an example of these cultural and religious ties and commonalities” have said the Ayatollah Khamenei.