Madrid, September 9, AZERTAC
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Spain Anar Maharramov has attended a special ceremony which was held at the Royal Palace to present his credentials to the King of Spain Felipe VI.
King Felipe VI congratulated Anar Maharramov on his appointment as ambassador to Spain, and wished him success in his future activities.
Accompanied by the King Felipe VI ambassador Maharramov then was invited to a special room for ambassadors.
The Spanish King underlined his country's interest in developing relations with Azerbaijan.
Ambassador Maharramov thanked the King Felipe VI for accepting his credentials. He extended Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's heartfelt greetings and best wishes to the King and the Royal family and on behalf of the Azerbaijani President invited him to the country at his convenience.
Expressing his gratitude for the greetings of President Ilham Aliyev, King Felipe VI asked the Azerbaijani ambassador to extend his greetings to the Azerbaijani leader.
The Spanish King then enquired about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and recent escalation of violence on the line of contact.
Ambassador Maharramov expressed his gratitude to the Spanish government for its fair and principled stance and for supporting Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He briefed the Spanish King on the ceasefire violations by the Armenian armed forces and its consequences.
King Felipe VI said his country's position on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remained unchangeable, adding he supported the settlement of the conflict on the basis of this principle.
The Spanish King then offered his congratulations on Azerbaijan's achievements in the Olympic Games which were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ambassador Maharramov briefed the Spanish King on Azerbaijan-hosted high-profile international events and sport tournaments, including the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Formula 1 European Grand Prix, as well as the 42nd Chess Olympiad which is currently being held in the country, and the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum to be held late September.
Anar Maharramov stressed the importance of opening the Embassy of the Spanish Kingdom in Azerbaijan in terms of further development of bilateral ties. King Felipe VI said the opening of the Embassy in Azerbaijan would be considered as the country was an important country of the South Caucasus.
Spanish Minister of Foreign Office and Cooperation José Manuel García-Margallo was also present at the meeting.