Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: Europe cares about security and stability in the South Caucasus
On 25 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis, together with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg and the Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, held meetings in Baku with the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and the Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.
On behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, the Foreign Ministers expressed the EU’s interest in security and stability in the South Caucasus and highlighted the EU’s goal to contribute to this cause.
“Together with my counterparts, the Foreign Ministers, we are sending out a message that Europe cares about peace in and prosperity of its eastern neighbours. We welcome the important confidence-building steps recently taken by Baku and Yerevan, We also wish to continue making a significant contribution to the resolution of painful conflicts and sustainable development of the countries in this region. In this context, it is also important to conclude negotiations on a new EU-Azerbaijan agreement," said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister at the meetings with the Azerbaijani leadership.
The EU and Azerbaijani politicians mostly discussed the situation in the region after the end of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, prospects for strengthening the EU's relations with Azerbaijan, and preparations for the next Eastern Partnership Summit to be held at the end of 2021.
Today, the Foreign Ministers will also hold meetings in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Tomorrow, on 26 June, the Foreign Ministers will be received by the Georgian leadership in Tbilisi.