President credits Lithuanian counterpart for backing Azerbaijan’s EU plans
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has had an expanded meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. Addressing the event, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said:
-Mr. President, members of the delegation, welcome once again to Azerbaijan. We just had a very good and very broad discussion with Mr. President on different important issues of our bilateral cooperation and also regional development and of course, EU-Azerbaijan cooperation.
We see that there is a big similarity in our views. With respect to the development of bilateral ties, we are very optimistic. We discussed with Mr. President the areas in the economic sector which we consider to be promising and today, members of delegations I think already started their communication and we will continue it.
Because it is important to establish direct personal contacts between people who are responsible for different areas. Of course, the business forum is very promising. I know that there will be documents signed but also important is that the direct contacts will be established between our business circles.
The areas of potential cooperation we discussed with Mr. President, are really very broad starting from IT to agriculture, tourism, energy, renewable sources of energy, and transportation. I think we can achieve very good results because we have a very good political background. And the official visit of the president is an important factor in bilateral relations and also there is a common understanding of how to develop EU-Azerbaijani ties.
We are very grateful to the Lithuanian government and the president for supporting Azerbaijan's plans with respect to close cooperation with the EU. Of course, we need to take this good opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties. Of course, we discussed broadly regional configuration and the process of normalization between Azerbaijan and Armenia. I know that president is visiting Armenia after Azerbaijan. So, I am sure he will have a full picture after he completes this visit but our position is very open. We want to sign a peace agreement with Armenia. We want to normalize relations and turn the page of hostility. So, Mr. President, there are a lot of things to discuss between the delegation members. Once again, welcome and thank you for paying a visit to Azerbaijan.