EU Council President congratulates Azerbaijani President on occasion of victory in elections-UPDATED

Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Charles Michel, President of the Council of the European Union 

© APA | Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Charles Michel, President of the Council of the European Union 

# 08 February 2024 19:11 (UTC +04:00)

On February 8, President of the European Council Charles Michel made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, APA reports.

Charles Michel congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on his victory in the February 7 elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan and wished the head of state success in implementing his new mandate.

During the phone conversation, they thoroughly discussed various aspects of relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union, particularly cooperation in the energy and transport sectors. Charles Michel emphasized that the European Union initiates specific projects aimed at developing ties with countries in the region in the field of transport and communications.

The parties also touched upon Azerbaijan`s hosting COP29 and cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan in this context.

Charles Michel asked President Ilham Aliyev to outline his position on the resumption of meetings between Azerbaijan, Armenia, and the European Union in a trilateral format in Brussels.

President Ilham Aliyev stated that Azerbaijan always supports trilateral meetings held in Brussels at the initiative of Charles Michel.

During the conversation, they exchanged their opinions on peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan and emphasized that the joint statement, adopted on a bilateral basis on December 7 between the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Office of the Prime Minister of Armenia, is an important step forward.

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President of the Council of the European Union Charles Michel on his X account has congratulated the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of his victory in the Presidential elections held in Azerbaijan, APA reports.

"Congratulated President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on his reelection and extended best wishes for his new mandate. Underlined the importance of continued engagement with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Discussed also Azerbaijan-European Union relations and cooperation, including connectivity and energy.

Had substantive discussions also on Azerbaijan-Armenia normalisation. Welcome Azerbaijan's commitment to resume the Brussels process trilateral meeting to advance a stable and prosperous South Caucasus," President of the European Council stressed.

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