Baku, 13 June 2023 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov, together with his counterpart, Türkiye’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hakan Fidan, participated in the 46th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC).

The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization is a regional economic organization that gained international recognition with its Charter entering into full force on May 1, 1999.

The BSEC’s headquarters – the Permanent International Secretariat of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC PERMIS) is situated in Istanbul, Türkiye.

The principal aims of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization are to foster interaction and harmony among its member states. Also, it aims to ensure peace, stability, prosperity, diplomatic and good-neighborly relations in the region of the Black Sea.

In addition, BSEC serves as a platform for cooperation in diverse areas among its 13 member states: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Türkiye and Ukraine.

Speaking at the 46th meeting of the Council of the Ministers of BSEC, Ivica Dacic, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeyhun Bayramov, informed the participants of the meeting about the resumption of reconstruction work at the territories Azerbaijan had earlier occupied.

Furthermore, the minister drew attention to the positive impact of the creation of new energy zones in the territories freed from occupation as well as the creation of international transport and communication channels in which Azerbaijan is a participant.

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During the meeting, the minister also made mention of the importance of gas export to Europe. It was stated that Azerbaijan had implemented the role of coordinating country in the Working Groups of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The meeting ended with important decisions being adopted. Meanwhile, the chairmanship was handed over from Serbia to Türkiye.