Let me say that Azerbaijan is a very important partner for the European Union. We have achieved a reliable strategic partnership in the energy field,” said José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission after his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Alyiev.
“And we want to build on this, moving to a long-term association grounded on democracy and shared values, in particular fundamental freedoms,” Barroso added.
Travelling to Azerbaijan from 13-15 June, President Barroso and Commissioner Füle met with President Ilham Aliyev and other senior representatives of the Azerbaijani state. The visit is seen by the EU as an opportunity to reinvigorate EU-Azerbaijan relations and inject new momentum into bilateral negotiations on a new contractual basis of the bilateral relationship.