BAKU: Azerbaijan, Lithuania: prospects of coop discussed

[May 25, 2004, 10:40:06]

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan
May 25 2004

On May 24, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov
has met the delegation led by the deputy foreign minister of Lithuania
Darius Yurgelevichius.

As informed to AzerTAj from the press center of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, warmly having welcomed the visitors, minister Elmar
Mammadyarov has noted, that Lithuania has got wide experience on
the way of integration to Europe, and has congratulated them on its
recent admission into the NATO and the European Union. Having stated
that Azerbaijan shows interest to cooperation with Lithuania, the
Minister has noted, that this visit would benefit to strengthening
of friendship between our countries, and has expressed gratitude for
support of the position of Azerbaijan within the framework of the
international organizations.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has noted, that the meetings which have
been carried out by the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham
Aliyev with heads of structures of the European Union during the
recent working visit to the Kingdom of Belgium, and signing of the
Protocol to the Agreement on partnership and cooperation between
the European Union and Azerbaijan create favorable conditions for
steady development of relations between our country and the mentioned
international organization.

The deputy foreign minister of Lithuania Darius Yurgelevichius has
emphasized necessity of development of links between his country
and Azerbaijan and in the field of policy, economy and tourism, and
also continuation of close cooperation of the Ministries of Foreign
Affairs of both states. He has noted, that development of relations
in the said form instills belief in prospects of cooperation between
our countries, and has emphasized necessity of continuation of closer
cooperation in the international organizations.

Then, minister Elmar Mammadyarov has told about participation of
our country in a number of large economic projects, including in
construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum
gas pipelines, and also about effective cooperation with the
member-countries of Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
within the framework of the said structure, has in detail informed
the visitor on the Armenia -Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict,
the work done in the direction of its settlement, and heavy condition
of the refugees and IDPs.

At the meeting, also discussed were some questions of mutual interest.