"The EU and Azerbaijan come closer to each other every year," President of the European Council Donald Tusk said at the meeting with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
"Our relations have intensified and my visit today is another clear sign of this. In 2018 we adopted priorities for our partnership, and our negotiations on a Common Aviation Area Agreement, as well as on the new EU-Azerbaijan agreement, are close to completion. Our economies will profit from them, and our political, business and cultural relations will deepen. And we should of course not forget the Southern Gas Corridor that – quite literally - connects us. This positive momentum should bring our partnership to a higher level, directly benefit all our people, and accompany Azerbaijan's own reform processes and economic diversification", Mr Tusk said.
According to him, Azerbaijan has taken impressive steps to transform itself into a transport and logistics hub. "I am looking forward to visiting later today the Port of Baku, which is an illustration of Azerbaijan's ambition to the East and the West but also to its northern and southern partners."