Azerbaijani- German ties in focus of Berlin talks
Azerbaijan and Germany enjoy excellent political dialogue and economic cooperation, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov as he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Foreign and Security Policies Advisor Christoph Heusgen as part of his working visit to Germany.
Mammadyarov stressed that President Ilham Aliyev's visits to Germany in the past two years gave a great boost to relations between the two countries.
The sides discussed Azerbaijan-EU relations, energy partnership, TAP and TANAP projects, economic relations, Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, and a range of international and regional problems.
Mammadyarov highlighted the current state of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.
He said that the Armenian armed forces continue to commit military crimes against Azerbaijani civil population.
Noting the importance of OSCE's role in mediating the dispute, he said Azerbaijan believed that Germany would contribute to the process during its chairmanship of the OSCE.
During the visit, Mammadyarov also met with German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The two ministers issued a joint statement for journalists before the meeting.
During the meeting, the two exchanged views on Azerbaijan-Germany relations, cooperation prospects, as well as Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, international and regional issues.
Mammadyarov informed his German counterpart about the latest escalation on the line of contact of the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, and provocations of the Armenian armed forces who continue shelling Azerbaijani civilians.
The Azerbaijani minister said the OSCE should be more active in the settlement of the conflict, and expressed his hope that Germany would contribute to the process during its chairmanship of the OSCE.
They also hailed political dialogue and economic cooperation between the two countries.
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