President Aliyev holds meetings in Munich UPDATE

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who is on a working visit to Germany to join the Munich Security Conference, held high-level meetings here.

President Aliyev met with Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Goetzpartners Holding GmbH & CO. KG, Stephan Goetz, on February 12.

Stephan Goetz said Goetzpartners, which is one of the 10 largest consulting firms in Germany and has 12 offices in nine countries, was interested in operating in Azerbaijan.

The head of state said there was favorable environment for foreign companies in Azerbaijan, adding that all necessary conditions were created for their successful activities.

President Ilham Aliyev invited Goetzpartners to operate in Azerbaijan. Stephan Goetz thanked the head of state for the invitation.

The sides also discussed cooperation prospects.

Then the President received chairman of the Eastern Committee of German Economy Wolfgang Buchele.

The sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of bilateral economic relations between Azerbaijan and Germany. It was noted that there was favorable environment in Azerbaijan for investment making.

During the conversation, they stressed the importance of organizing reciprocal business trips of Azerbaijani and German businessmen, and exchanged views over cooperation prospects.

President Aliyev later met with US Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre.

They hailed the successful development of bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and the US. The sides emphasized that the bilateral relations reached a level of partnership in a variety of fields. They noted that there were good prospects for cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

They also exchanged views over the issues of mutual interest.

The President also held meeting with Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky.

They expressed their satisfaction with the cooperation of Kaspersky Lab with relevant bodies in Azerbaijan. The sides noted that there was good potential for expanding the bilateral ties. The parties exchanged views over prospects for cooperation in the fight against cybercrime and other areas.

A three-day Munich Security Conference is expected to be attended by heads of states and governments from over 30 countries, about 60 ministers, as well as politicians, scientists and heads of international organizations.

President Ilham Aliyev met with Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier on February 13.

The sides expressed satisfaction with the successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Germany. They stressed the importance of such meetings and visits in terms of the further development of the bilateral ties. It was noted that despite the ongoing international financial crisis and falling oil prices, Azerbaijan paid attention to developing its economy, particularly non-oil sector, and ensured the implementation of social programs.

During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between Azerbaijan and OSCE, which is chaired by Germany this year, and exchanged views over the current state of the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The President also received EU Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

Successful development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union was stressed during the meeting. The sides emphasized the importance of meetings and reciprocal visits in terms of intensifying the relations.

They hailed successful development of Azerbaijan-EU energy cooperation, underlining the necessity of focusing efforts on this sector.

They also exchanged views over other issues of mutual interest.

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