BAKU: Private meeting of Aliyev and Koehler

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
Aug 25 2004

PRIVATE MEETING OF AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT ILHAM ALIYEV WITH PRESIDENT
OF GERMANY HORST KOEHLER
[August 25, 2004, 18:30:55]

Following the official welcoming ceremony, a private meeting between
President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev and President of the
Federative Republic of Germany Horst Koehler was held at the latter’s
residence on 25 August, AzerTAj personal correspondent reports.

During the conversation, President Horst Koehler highly valued the
Azerbaijani leader’s first official visit to Germany stressing it
would have a positive impact on the development of bilateral
relations, in particular, promote intensification of the economic
cooperation between the two countries.

Expressing deep satisfaction with the hospitality shown to him during
this visit, President Ilham Aliyev pointed out the importance of
intensifying the efforts to more expand the cooperation between
Azerbaijan and Germany.

During the meeting held in sincere and warm atmosphere, the parties
also exchange views on the Azerbaijan- Germany cooperation in the
framework of international organizations, integration of Azerbaijan
into the European structures, German investors in Azerbaijan economy
and other issues.

The two Presidents especially touched on the Armenia-Azerbaijan
conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Mr. Horst Koehler stated in this
connection that Germany completely supports territorial integrity of
Azerbaijan and will adhere to this position in the future. Germany as
the OSCE member will intensify its efforts concerning the problem, he
said.

President Ilham Aliyev highly valued Germany’s stance on the issue,
and expressed his deep gratitude to Mr. Koehler. The Head of the
Azerbaijan State invited the German President to pay an official
visit to Azerbaijan. The invitation was accepted with pleasure.

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