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Azerbaijan, EU may hold substantive discussions in April-May

Azerbaijan, EU may hold substantive discussions in April-May
Azerbaijan and the European Union may hold substantive discussions on a new agreement in April-May, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev told APA on Friday.
The deputy minister said it was proposed during the preliminary talks held in Brussels that the first stage of the discussion be held in April or May and the next stage in the summer or the fall.
"However, there may be videoconferences and correspondences between them. That is to say, we won’t sit back and wait for the meeting. The first meeting will be held in Baku. The second one will be held in Brussels and the third one again in Baku,” he added.
In November 2016, the European Council adopted a mandate for the European Commission and the high representative for foreign affairs and security policy to negotiate, on behalf of the EU and its member states, a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan.
The new agreement should replace the 1996 partnership and cooperation agreement and should better take account of the shared objectives and challenges the EU and Azerbaijan face today.
The agreement will offer a renewed basis for political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan.
Currently, bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan are regulated on the basis of an agreement on partnership and cooperation that was signed in 1996 and entered into force in 1999.



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