Michel meets bilaterally with Pashinyan and Aliyev

Earlier today (14 December), the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, met bilaterally with the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, as well as the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan. 

According to the Azerbaijani statement, the Michel and Aliyev hailed the successful development of relations between the EU and Azerbaijan, with the European Council President pointing out the EU’s support for the normalisation of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. The duo also exchanged views on the trilateral meeting which is due to take place later today with Pashinyan. 

The statement added that the sides “discussed the issues related to the delimitation and demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border”, and “held a broad exchange of views on the opening of communications, humanitarian issues and other topics”.

The readout from the Armenian side notes that Michel and Pashinyan also touched upon the upcoming trilateral meeting, expressing hope for effective negotiations with the aim of bringing stability and a comprehensive settlement of the issues at hand. 

They also reportedly discussed the upcoming agenda under discussion at the sixth summit of the Eastern Partnership, which will be held tomorrow in Brussels. Finally, they touched upon the development of Armenia-EU cooperation, with Michel stressing “the readiness of the EU to further deepen and expand the partnership in the implementation of the priorities of the Government of the Republic of Armenia”.

source: commonspace.eu and agencies
photo: Charles Michel; Website of the European Council