New York, 21 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov met with the Federal Minister of Austria for European and International Affairs, Alexander Schallenberg on Wednesday.

Both ministers met on the sidelines of the high-level week of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Meeting between Azerbaijan and Austria representatives

The meeting between Azerbaijan and Austrian officials covered topics such as bilateral collaboration, possibilities for Azerbaijan-Austria relations in the sectors of energy and security, and the most recent developments in the region.

Minister Jeyhun Bayramov informed his audience about the extensive restoration and reconstruction projects completed in Azerbaijan during the post-conflict period.

Along with that, he emphasized Armenia’s obstruction of the processes. He also informed his interlocutor of Armenia’s massive provocations.

He noted that the removal of the occupation factor had created opportunities for the normalization of relations between the two countries and established various development opportunities.

Further, Foreign Minister talked about the peace-building initiatives taken by Azerbaijan with regard to the Armenian conflict.

Bayramov emphasized that Azerbaijan is interested in initiatives to promote peace and stability in the area. He said Azerbaijan is interested in finding political solutions to the existing issues.

The Austrian Minister emphasized the significance of the cease-fire and the restart of the negotiations. He stated that the situation in the region is cause for concern for the entire international community.

Austria recognized the significance of the agreement that Azerbaijan and the European Union concluded on July 18 of this year in order to ensure Europe’s energy security.

Along with other topics of shared interest, the parties spoke about ways Azerbaijan and the EU may cooperate.

Azerbaijan and the European Union

The Republic of Azerbaijan and the European Union (EU) have developed stronger ties since 1991. They have been maintaining a beneficial relationship over time.

Currently, Azerbaijan is a member of the Council of Europe, the Eastern Partnership, and the European Neighborhood Policy.

Since 1992, the EU has provided approximately 600 million Euros in bilateral aid to Azerbaijan. Europe is the largest foreign provider of grants and investors in both the government and civil society.