Working visit of Ilham Aliyev to Germany

 President Ilham Aliyev has met members of the German-Azerbaijani Forum, Bundestag members from Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group, Social Democratic Party of Germany and The Greens party, and heads and members of Bundestag committees in Berlin.

The importance of President Ilham Aliyev`s meeting with members of the German-Azerbaijani Forum during the visit was emphasized at the meeting. The parties noted the significance of the meeting in terms of conducting a fruitful exchange of views on the state and prospects of Azerbaijani-German cooperation in politics, economy, culture, science and other areas. Successful cooperation between the two countries was underlined, and it was said that inter-parliamentary ties considerably contribute to this process.

The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed, and President Ilham Aliyev informed the meeting participants of Azerbaijan`s position on the dispute. The head of state stressed the importance of solving the conflict in compliance with international legal norms and principles, within Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity.

The parties discussed Azerbaijani-German energy cooperation, economic relations, cooperation in the fields of technology and medicine, as well as the participation of new German companies in Azerbaijan`s economy. The sides also had a broad exchange of views on the bilateral inter-parliamentary ties, cooperation within international organizations, particularly the Council of Europe and the European Union, and the issues related to the participation in the Eastern Partnership initiative. It was stressed that in this context there must be a just attitude towards Azerbaijan.

President Ilham Aliyev has met Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier recalled the meetings he had during his last visit to Azerbaijan, and described his trip as fruitful. The parties discussed the state and prospects of Azerbaijani-German relations, and the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

President Ilham Aliyev has met chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Friedrich Ischinger. The Munich Security Conference`s contribution to regional security and international cooperation was stressed during the meeting. The parties exchanged views over a range of issues.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met in Jaunary 21 Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel in Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the visit was important in terms of discussing prospects for the bilateral ties. Angela Merkel said Germany was interested in expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan, saying the country is playing a profound role in the diversification of European energy supply routes, execution of large-scaled projects such as TAP and TANAP, and the Eastern Partnership initiative.

Angela Merkel said more German companies were interested in participating in the diversification of Azerbaijan`s economy and implementation of infrastructure projects.

Saying that Azerbaijani-German relations were successfully developing, President Ilham Aliyev noted that his visit created good opportunities for discussing the development of the bilateral ties. On the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the head of state spoke of Armenia`s continuing aggression against Azerbaijan, official Yerevan`s non-constructive position, and the current state of talks.

President Ilham Aliyev noted with satisfaction active participation of many German companies in the diversification of Azerbaijan`s economy, and added that there was good potential for enhancing the cooperation. The head of state also touched upon Azerbaijan-EU relations, saying they were successfully developing. Regional, international and other issues of mutual interest were discussed at the meeting.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel have given a press conference.