“Armenia and Azerbaijan have decided to open a new phase in their relations. Italy will be close to these two friendly countries at every moment of their confrontation, said the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani as he welcomed the agreement that has been reached by the two countries of the Southern Caucasus, APA reports.
“With an agreement that Italy approves with sincere satisfaction, two countries that have been at odds for years are decisively taking a path that we hope will soon lead them to a pacification, which we want to be total and definitive. A new phase that will bring them ever closer to Europe, which will allow all of us Europeans to expand the spaces for cooperation and peaceful collaboration," Tajani added.
Tajani also underlines that the signed agreement allows for an exchange of prisoners, a decisive measure in strengthening trust between the two countries. “The European Union will still stand by Armenia and Azerbaijan in the coming months, when they continue to work to normalize their relations with a real peace agreement. I want to congratulate my fellow ministers, Armenian Ararat Mirzoyan and Azerbaijani Jeyhun Bayramov, for their continuous work. We had met at the United Nations, and they felt that the Italian Government's constant support for the progress of their relations has always been sincere and interested: interested because we determinedly want peace and well-being to be able to offer fruits to their peoples and to all Europeans," Vice-President of the Council of Ministers concluded.