BAKU: Azerbaijan, Slovenia: prospects of bilateral relations

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
May 4 2004

[May 04, 2004, 21:20:11]

Foreign minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov on 4 May met the
ambassador of Slovenia accredited in Turkey ad Azerbaijan Andrey
Grossel and this Country’s honorary consul in Baku Borut Megushar,
AzerTAj correspondent reported.

At the meeting, Mr. Mammadyarov stressed the necessity of opening of
the embassy of Slovenia in Azerbaijan for further development of
relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Andrey Groselli thanked for warm reception, noting it
would be important to assign this mission to the ambassador of
Azerbaijan accredited in Vienna. Further, the Ambassador presented
credentials of the honorary consul Borut Megushar to Minister Elmar
Mammadyarov and expressed hope for step-by-step solution of opening
of the embassy of Slovenia in Azerbaijan.

Head of foreign policy department of the Republic expressed
confidence in positive impact of the activity of honorary consul for
strengthening bilateral relations, and that Slovenia would assist
Azerbaijan in integration to the European structures, and said that
he has sent congratulatory letter to his Slovenian counterpart.

Slovenia stands ready to assist in integration of the country to
European structures, the Ambassador said. Slovenia would support the
position of Azerbaijan in the Nagorny Karabakh conflict during its
presidency at OSCE.

Updating the Ambassador on the Armenian-Azerbaijan Nagorny Karabakh
conflict and the work done for its settlement, Minister Mammadyarov
highly estimated the Council of Europe’s position to this end.
Speaking of 2004-2008 socio-economic development program of the
regions, the Minister expressed wish to attract Slovenian businessmen
to invest in Azerbaijan. He also noted that according to agreement
between Turkey and Greece, Azerbaijan would deliver its gas to the

Touching the prospects of bilateral links, Ambassador Andrey Groselli
expressed readiness of his country for conclusion of relevant
agreement on cultural cooperation.

At the meeting, a number of other issues representing mutual interest
were discussed as well.