EU and Azerbaijan discuss bilateral relations

On 18 December, the EU and Azerbaijan met in Brussels for the 17th Partnership Council meeting. The Council was chaired by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and attended by EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeyhun Bayramov, led the Azerbaijani delegation.

The sides reviewed the implementation of the jointly agreed EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities, Azerbaijan's reform agenda, and prospects for a new EU-Azerbaijan bilateral agreement. Both parties also exchanged views on the situation in and around Nagorno-Karabakh following the cessation of hostilities on 10 November 2020, the EU's role in supporting recovery and reconciliation, as well as regional issues.

In reviewing the implementation of the partnership priorities, the EU and Azerbaijan took note of strong cooperation in the energy sector. The sides discussed the state of play of negotiations of the new comprehensive agreement and of the Common Aviation Area Agreement. The meeting also addressed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, underlining the EU's support for Azerbaijan's efforts to protect lives and livelihoods, and to reopen societies and the economy.

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