Azerbaijani President Aliyev Anticipates a Positive New Regional Situation
Speaking in advance of a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Baku, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev observed the following, according to ‘Azerbaijan in Focus’, reporting AzerTac: “A promising new situation has emerged in the region. I am confident that these positive trends will evolve. In any case, Azerbaijan is ready for this and today we will discuss in detail our vision of how this region should develop. Of course, the trilateral statement is an important step towards establishing a strong and lasting peace.”
He continued: “I would like to emphasise the personal role of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, who actively and effectively participated in the development of the text of the agreement. The fact that this is being successfully implemented is largely due to the fact that it also contains the signature of the President of the Russian Federation. I would also like to note the important role played by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in strengthening regional security measures.
“In general, I think that the format of co-operation, both in terms of the peacekeeping mission and long-term co-operation, is acquiring a new character. I believe this meets the fundamental interests of these countries, because it is these nations that should play a leading role, including matters of strengthening security. That which was agreed in the trilateral statement suggests that, with goodwill and a constructive approach, it is possible to resolve issues that previously seemed insoluble.”