President Aliyev not to join Eastern Partnership summit

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev won’t be able to participate in the summit of the EU Eastern Partnership program to be held in Riga on May 21-22.

President’s aide for public and political affairs, Ali Hasanov made the remark on May 20 while talking to media.

He noted that the President has extremely busy schedule as very little time was left to the start of the first European Games and preparations for this important event entered the final stage. “That’s why the head of state will not be able to attend the Summit.”

Hasanov said Azerbaijan will be represented at the Riga Summit by Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Chief of the Administration’s Foreign Relations Department Novruz Mammadov and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

The Riga Summit is expected to confirm the strategic importance of the EaP policy as a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Summit will also address the current issues and challenges related to the implementation of the EaP and outline the main directions in the EU’s cooperation with partner countries in the coming years.

The meeting is expected to bring together the political leadership of the 28 EU Member States and six EaP partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – as well as the EU institutions, including Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

SOURCE: Azer News