Germany sees Azerbaijan as most important partner in region – Foreign Ministry

Baku: On Oct.26, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov met with Director for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Andreas Peschke as part of the next phase of the political consultations between the foreign ministries of the two countries, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry told APA.

Khalafov said Azerbaijan attaches special importance to its relations with Germany, noting that the next phase of the political consultations contribute to further strengthening of bilateral relations and political dialogue.

The steps recently taken against Azerbaijan, in particular, the resolutions of the European Parliament and Bundestag do not serve to the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, the deputy FM said.

Khalafov added that Germany needs to adjust its position on several issues in order to increase the effectiveness of the political dialogue between the two countries.

Speaking about the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict and its consequences, Khalafov stressed that the OSCE Minsk Group’s activity toward the conflict’s settlement is not satisfactory.

The deputy FM also called on Germany as one of the leading countries in Europe to pursue a more active policy on the conflict’s settlement.

Khalafov, informing about the ongoing economic projects in Azerbaijan, stressed that the involvement of the German companies in those projects is desirable. He also emphasized that the planned visit of the German minister of economic affairs and energy to Azerbaijan will contribute to the expansion of economic ties.

Noting the importance of expanding cultural ties between the two countries, holding days of culture and exchange of students, Khalafov expressed confidence that there is a great potential for humanitarian cooperation.

In his turn, Peschke said Azerbaijan is the most important partner of Germany in the region, noting that Germany’s position on supporting Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity remains unchanged.

Referring to the development of the political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries, Peschke touched upon the recent mutual visits and mentioned that the increase of contacts between the countries is important for the development of the bilateral relations.

The diplomat said Germany intends to closely cooperate with Azerbaijan in all fields, especially in the economic sphere, pointing out that Germany is also interested a sustainable political dialogue with Azerbaijan.

Peschke went on to add that German businessmen are interested in investing in Azerbaijan and the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce which was established in 2012 became a useful platform for further expansion of the trade and economic cooperation.

The diplomat said in Azerbaijan there is a great interest for the German language and culture, emphasizing that only in Azerbaijan in the CIS area, a German institution opened under the Baku Slavic University.