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Baku Agrees to Hold  Meeting between  Leaders of Azerbaijan,  Armenia in Brussels

Sat 20 Nov 2021 | 06:49 PM
Ahmed Moamar

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said that Baku has agreed to the proposal of the European Union (EU) to hold a meeting of the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.

A statement published on the ministry's website today, Saturday,  said that the Azerbaijani side has always shown its openness to political dialogue and has a positive attitude towards these contacts.

In this context, the Azerbaijani side agreed to the proposal of the President of the European Council to organize a meeting between the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia within the framework of the Brussels Summit.

The Ministry noted that President of the State Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly expressed Azerbaijan's position on the level of facts that have emerged in the post-conflict period, including on international platforms.

"We believe that the Brussels summit and the meeting planned in its framework, will create additional opportunities in this regard," the ministry said.

On the other hand, France expressed its concern over the escalation of tension on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, calling on Yerevan and Baku, the capital cities of Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively,  to abide by the ceasefire signed between the two sides in November last year.

Last Tuesday, the French Foreign Ministry published a statement saying: "France expresses its deep concern about the deterioration of the security situation in several parts of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, and the supposed use of heavy weapons, which caused many casualties, especially on the Armenian side."

The statement added that Paris "calls on the parties to respect the ceasefire they committed to under the Tripartite Declaration of November 9, 2020," in reference to the agreement signed between the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia to end the latest round of confrontations between the two sides of the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.