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Tue, 01/30/2018 - 09:21
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Azerbaijan, European Union discuss prospects for cooperation

Baku, January 30, AZERTAC Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with a delegation led by Director-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission Henrik Halolei. They hailed the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union, noting that the Eastern Partnership Brussels Summit gave additional impetus to the development of bilateral cooperation. The important role of the cooperation on connectivity and transport in the European Union-Azerbaijan relations was noted. Minister Elmar Mammadyarov briefed the delegation on the successful transformation of Azerbaijan into the regional transport hub and logistics center, the development of the East-West and North-South transport corridors, as well as the measures taken to link transport systems of the regional countries. As an important infrastructure component of the East-West transport corridor, the efficiency, time and speed advantages of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad and the support of the European Union to the project were pointed out. They also emphasized that the aforementioned project, assisting to connect Chinese and European Union transport networks, will contribute to the development of economic, trade relations and people to people contacts, as well as the regional development and prosperity. The importance of the North-South transport corridor in relation to the connection of the Indian Ocean and the Northern European transport systems was also emphasized at the meeting. It was underlined that the accession of Azerbaijan to the Trans-European Transport Network and the importance given to the transport matters in the new draft partnership agreement with the European Union leads to the new opportunities in bilateral cooperation in the field of transport. The sides exchanged views on further steps to be taken to adjust the railway infrastructure to modern standards, to ensure road safety, and further development of the European Transport Corridor Europe (TRACECA) project. They also reviewed the negotiations on aviation agreement between the European Union and Azerbaijan.