Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: Co-operation between Brussels and Baku is important

Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium: Co-operation between Brussels and Baku is important
# 31 March 2011 14:20 (UTC +04:00)
TEAS told APA that the guests comprised high-ranking political, sporting, media, and business officials from Belgium and across the EU. These included renowned former footballer Christian Karembeu; Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium; Elkhan Mammadov, General-Secretary of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA); members of the various Belgian Parliaments and the European Parliament.

Tale Heydarov, Chairman and Founder, TEAS, who attended the event, commented: “Football transcends real and imaginary boundaries. This is the reason why TEAS has invited key stakeholders from Belgium and across the EU on the occasion of this Euro 2012 qualification campaign to experience the excitement of such an important international sports event together. This re-echoes one of the primary objectives of TEAS, which is to unify those who are interested in its aims and ambitions.”

Didier Reynders emphasised the importance of cultural co-operation between Brussels and Baku: “It is beneficial to both Belgium and Azerbaijan to actively continue this economical, political and cultural exchange. TEAS clearly realises that events of this type make a major contribution towards a positive and proactive bilateral relationship.”

Finally, Elkhan Mammadov took the floor: “Belgium and Azerbaijan are not the greatest footballing nations, but tonight they demonstrate that smaller countries can find their rung on the soccer ladder.” The Azerbaijani hospitality was appreciated by all attendees, regardless of their national affiliation, although not represented by their compatriots on the turf, as the Belgian team beat Azerbaijan by a margin of 4–1. With this victory, they ranked second in Group A, behind Germany.

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