On 18 December, the EU and Azerbaijan met in Brussels for the 17th Partnership Council meeting. They 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 discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation following the recent large-scale hostilities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.
"The EU wants to conclude an ambitious new comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan based on democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said EU High Representative Josep Borrell. “This would contribute to the diversification of Azerbaijan’s economy, enhance our trading relationship, and extend our cooperation more broadly.”
Borrell added that the EU stands ready to assume a role in supporting and shaping a durable settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, in close cooperation with the Minsk Group co-chairs.
In reviewing the implementation of the partnership priorities, the EU and Azerbaijan took note of strong cooperation in the energy sector. The Council 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.
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.
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