Aliyev and Pashinyan to attend 2023 Munich Security Conference

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan will both attend the Munich Security Conference, which is taking place between 17-19 February, it has been announced.

When asked if a Pashinyan-Aliyev meeting is likely to be held in Munich, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers replied, "We don't have that information at the moment."

Ilham Aliyev and Nikol Pashinyan last met at the Munich Security Conference in 2020, where they famously had a face-to-face debate moderated by the then-President and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation, Celeste Wallander.

The 45-minute public panel discussion entitled ‘New Developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict’ took place on 15 February, and was the first public debate between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

It was a tense debate where both Aliyev and Pashinyan often reverted to competing historical narratives, arguing over place names, historical demographics, and accused each other of ethnic cleansing.

The European Council President Charles Michel will also be attending this year's Munich Security Conference, as well as the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

source: with agencies
photo: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev debate at the Munich Security Conference on 15 February, 2020, eurasianet