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  • 19 October 2017

    “Azerbaijan is an important partner for us, one with which we want to develop good and friendly relations in areas such as energy, transport, and tourism,” said the Polish foreign policy chief during his today’s visit to Baku.”

    Minister Waszczykowski started his visit to Azerbaijan with a meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. “Polish foreign minister’s visit is another step in developing our bilateral relations,” stressed Azerbaijan’s President. The meeting focused on such issues as security in the region and the forthcoming Eastern Partnership-EU summit.
    An important topic of the talks was the need to carry out provisions of the Joint Declaration on a road map towards strategic partnership and economic cooperation which was signed by the presidents of Poland and Azerbaijan in June this year. It was agreed that a working group for transport will be established within the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation.

    Minister Witold Waszczykowski met with the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov to discuss security situation in South Caucasus and the issue of settling the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, also in the context of Poland’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and Warsaw’s ambitions on this forum. “Poland has steadily reiterated the need to engage in peace negotiations with all sides respecting the fundamental principles of international order,” underscored the Polish foreign minister. “Poland and Azerbaijan are countries that seek to stabilize the regions they are part of,” added the Polish foreign policy chief.
    The two ministers praised the process of negotiations over a new framework agreement on cooperation in light of preparations for the November Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels, and highlighted the benefits brought by strengthening Azerbaijan-EU relations.

    The ministers agreed that economic cooperation between Poland and Azerbaijan should gain momentum. They also highlighted Azerbaijan’s geopolitical role and significance in implementing a pivotal concept of connectivity – the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU coming closer in practical terms by expanding transport corridors, as well as building infrastructural, trade and energy connections.

    In 2018, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland and gaining independence by Azerbaijan. Minister Waszczykowski suggested that this occasion can be used to hold joint cultural events in the two countries.

    The meetings in Azerbaijan inaugurated a three-day visit of Poland’s top diplomat to South Caucasus. In the following days Witold Waszczykowski will visit Georgia and Armenia.

    MFA Press Office

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