The Azerbaijan State News Agency

OFFICIAL NEWS

President Ilham Aliyev and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made press statements VIDEO

Baku, March 17, AZERTAC

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have made press statements.

The President of Azerbaijan made the statement first.

Statement by President Ilham Aliyev

- Dear Mr. Secretary General.

Dear guests.

Ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome, Mr. Secretary General. I'm very glad to see you in Azerbaijan. Thank you for accepting my invitation and visiting us. I have very good memories of our last meeting in Brussels more than two years ago. And now we continue our dialogue.

The NATO-Azerbaijan partnership has already had a long history - more than 30 years of good partnership. Azerbaijan participated in peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan. That was a great experience for us. Our military servicemen were among the last of the coalition forces in Afghanistan to leave that country at the end of August 2021. So, this once again demonstrates our strong commitment to our cooperation.

Reforms in our Armed Forces have led to good results. We are modernizing our defense capability and can demonstrate a high level of professionalism today.

During many years of our discussions, we always talked about the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. But now, for more than three years, these issues have been out of the topics of discussions. Because Azerbaijan restored its territorial integrity and sovereignty during the Second Karabakh War of 2020 and the last September's anti-terror operation. So, now full sovereignty over the territory of the country has been restored, and this is a good demonstration of how protracted conflicts can be resolved. The conflict was resolved by military-political means. We used our right for self-defense based on the UN Charter.

Today, we are in an active phase of peace talks with Armenia. During my last visit to Brussels, at the press conference, I raised that issue and said that Azerbaijan made such a proposal, and we expect Armenia to respond. Once again, I’d like to say that it was our initiative to start peace negotiations. We have already had seven rounds of exchanges of comments with Armenian counterparts on a draft peace agreement. The recent meeting of the foreign ministers and also the meeting of the deputy prime ministers on the issue of border delimitation demonstrate that there is a good chance for settlement. As I said relatively recently, we are now closer to peace than ever before.

During the times of occupation, negotiations, unfortunately, did not lead to any result. Actually, for 28 years, the OSCE Minsk Group did not produce any result. But now, as a result of the restoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, we are very close, I think, and I hope, to having a breakthrough. That will be a very serious change in the South Caucasus. It will mean that long-awaited peace will come to the Caucasus.

Today, we also discussed the issue of energy security with Mr. Secretary General. I informed him that since we met last time in Brussels, two more NATO member states became our partners with respect to natural gas supply. Today, Azerbaijan is exporting natural gas to eight countries, six of which are member states of NATO, and two are partners to NATO. I'm sure that in the coming years, the number of our partners will grow. The European Commission calls Azerbaijan a reliable partner and a pan-European gas supplier. This is, of course, a big advantage and also a big responsibility.

I also informed Mr. Secretary General about our green transition agenda. Azerbaijan was unanimously selected as the host country for COP29. This is a sign of recognition of our efforts in the green transition. Having rich natural resources and fossil fuels, we invest largely together with our partners in renewable sources. I invited Mr. Secretary General to visit us this November in any capacity and to be part of our important conference.

Once again, Mr. Secretary General, thank you for being with us, and I wish you a pleasant stay in Azerbaijan.

x x x

Then, the NATO Secretary General made the statement.

Statement by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

- Thank you so much, Mr. President.

Mr. President Aliyev, it's great to be back in Baku. This is my first visit to Azerbaijan, to Baku as the Secretary General of NATO. But this is not my first visit to Baku because I had the privilege and honor of coming here several times in the 1990s as the Minister of Energy of Norway. I have fond memories of those visits, not least because I saw the vibrant and strong energy sector being developed in this country. It's therefore great to be back also to have the opportunity to discuss energy security because energy matters for our security.

I welcome that Azerbaijan is developing closer and closer ties with several NATO allies and that your country is playing a more and more important role in delivering gas, but also, in the future, power electricity to key NATO allies in Europe.

Therefore you play an important role for the resilience of our societies. I also feel welcomed to be here in Baku as the Secretary General of NATO. Because as you mentioned, Azerbaijan is a longtime partner of NATO. We have worked together for many years. We appreciate very much your contribution to our KFOR mission in Kosovo, but also, of course, your presidency and your contributions to our mission in Afghanistan over many years were extremely important. You're absolutely right, one of the last troops to leave Afghanistan was actually Azerbaijani troops. Because you were responsible for the protection of the airport, which was a key task in the evacuation of the NATO presence in Afghanistan.

So, this demonstrates that our partnership is about political dialogue but also about practical cooperation, and we welcome that. Then, of course, peace in this region is extremely important for the people and the countries in the region, but it also matters for the Black Sea region and for the North Atlantic security. Therefore, peace and stability are not only important here but also for security more broadly.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have an opportunity to achieve enduring peace after years of conflict. I appreciate what you say about that you are closer to a peace agreement than ever before. I can just encourage you to seize this opportunity to reach a lasting peace agreement with Armenia. Then, it is also important to highlight that, of course, when you look at the broader region, Ukraine is a Black Sea country. It's a country that is a partner of NATO, and Russia continues to conduct war aggression against Ukraine. NATO allies are extremely concerned about the consequences of the ongoing war, and NATO allies provide support for Ukraine. I welcome the much-needed support that Azerbaijan provides to Ukraine. Also, when it comes to humanitarian aid, which is much needed, more support is needed because the situation in Ukraine is extremely difficult.

Then, I will say that we very much look forward to Azerbaijan hosting the next COP meeting. Climate change matters for security, and therefore, it matters for NATO. Climate change is a crisis multiplier, and we see the effects of climate change all over the world, also here - in Azerbaijan. Therefore, the challenge is that the world needs energy, but at the same time, we need to fight global warming. We need to reconcile the need for energy and environment. Azerbaijan is not only exporting natural gas, but you are also now investing in alternative energies.

You updated me on the great potential of what you do when it comes to building out hydropower, but also wind power and solar power, and also connecting your power production to the European market.

So, the COP29 will be an important milestone. It is important for everyone concerned about climate change, but also important for our security because those issues are closely linked. So, thank you so much for hosting me and my delegation here tonight and tomorrow. I look forward to the meetings and discussions.

Thank you very much.

Share news on social media

Follow us on social network

VIDEO

President Ilham Aliyev and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made press statements VIDEO

Ersin Tatar announces upcoming visit to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan claim bronze in Group 5 Hoops event at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup

Norwegian Foreign Ministry welcomes progress on border delimitation between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Two Japan navy helicopters crash, one body found, 7 missing

China launches new remote sensing satellite VIDEO

Azerbaijan win group all-around bronze at Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku

US House approves major military aid package for Ukraine

Salvator Rosa painting stolen from Oxford recovered in Romania after four years

Silva brings 1-0 FA Cup semifinal victory to Manchester City against Chelsea

Charles Michel welcomes agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan

COP29 Presidency hosts “Dialogue on Enabling Global Action for Climate Finance” to drive necessary climate action

‘We are pleased for Azerbaijan to host COP29 Conference’

China’s Russian oil imports rise by 13% in first quarter of 2024 — customs

Ecuador president declares state of emergency over energy crisis

Azerbaijani gymnast advances to World Cup final in Baku

Nigar Arpadarai: All partners have strong interest in COP29

Cannes Film Festival 2024 poster unveiled

® Bakcell to deliver a massive giveaway of 100,000 GB!

Swedish Foreign Minister welcomes agreement on border delimitation between Armenia and Azerbaijan

AERA and ERRA hold international workshop in Baku

Emirates, FlyDubai flights back on schedule, but Indian carriers restricted in Dubai till Sunday

“We appreciate the launching of the COP Presidencies Troika,” says Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley

US to withdraw military personnel from Niger, source says

Azerbaijani FM meets with outgoing Iranian ambassador

Senate passes bill renewing key FISA surveillance power moments after it expires

Turkish Foreign Ministry issues statement on Agreement reached by Azerbaijan-Armenia Border Delimitation Commission

Defense Ministry: Azerbaijan Army pays particular attention to training of recruits

ChatGPT 4 could be used to triage eye problems, say Cambridge academics

Turkish study identifies microplastics in brain cells

UNGA president highlights success of first Sustainability Week

Kenyan delegation to visit Azerbaijan

19th Western Pacific Naval Symposium set to take place in east China

International Monetary Fund ready to support Azerbaijan in hosting COP29

Azerbaijani Defense Minister meets with leadership of Land Forces VIDEO

Media Development Agency issues statement regarding false media reports circulated in Armenia and several other countries

UNESCO is stepping up the evidence base for gender equality

Azerbaijan, UN mull prospects for partnership within COP29

Azerbaijan, International Energy Agency discuss energy efficiency and cooperation within COP29

Azerbaijan's Minister of Culture holds meeting with his UAE counterpart in Venice

Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan hold regular consular consultations

11th international conference "Caucasus Albania: Ethnoarchaeology, written sources and historical monuments" gets underway in Baku

International Renewable Energy Agency’s 14th Assembly wraps up

Azerbaijani Para badminton player advances to semifinal of international tournament in Spain

ADA University-hosted Caspian Basin Studies Program wraps up

Azerbaijani oil price climbs above $88

Oil prices go up in global markets

Solemn ceremony dedicated to 53rd anniversary of Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivanski held, Defense Ministry

UN Secretary-General encourages Armenia and Azerbaijan to tackle all outstanding bilateral issues toward achieving full normalization of relations

US Secretary of State: We welcome announcement that Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on border delimitation between two countries

Azerbaijani pavilion launched at 60th Venice Biennale VIDEO

Baku hosts inauguration of FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup 2024 VIDEO

Azerbaijan’s National Olympic Committee hosts meeting with Bahamas Olympic Committee Vice President

Press release on the outcomes of the 8th meeting of the State Commission on the Delimitation of the State Border between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, and the Commission on the Matters of Delimitation of the State Border and Border Security between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan VIDEO

Azerbaijani FM informs Algerian ambassador about current situation in the region

Azerbaijan, Italy discuss multifaceted strategic partnership

® Bakcell CEO meets with journalists in Khankendi

® Registration for Azercell-supported "Techcell" hackathon is now open

Dubai airport limits arriving flights amid storm backlog

NASA greenlights 2028 launch for epic Dragonfly mission to Saturn's huge moon Titan

® Global Finance Names the Innovators 2024: Kapital Bank has been awarded the prestigious “Best Use of AI in Digital Transformation” award

Lille's Yusuf Yazici goes down in club history, but Aston Villa make Europa Conference League semis

Azerbaijani shooters to compete at ISSF Final Olympic Qualification Championship

"Azerbaijan Airlines" becomes member of ACI Europe

Azerbaijani FM, Palestinian PM discuss situation in Gaza

ANAMA: Large amount of military ammunition found at farm in liberated Khojavand district

IRENA 14th Assembly highlights deployment of renewable energy sources in Africa

Public hearings on objections raised by Azerbaijan at International Court of Justice conclude

Baku Airport once again awarded Skytrax

Baku to host diplomacy academies’ meeting of Organization of Turkic States

Azerbaijani table tennis player grabs bronze at WTT Youth Contender Luxembourg 2024

Baiba Braze appointed Latvia's foreign minister

Delegation of Azerbaijani Central Election Commission to monitor elections in Maldives

Sony, Apollo discuss joint bid for Paramount, says source

® Azercell announces Crisis Management Group Project

Kazakhstan manufactures over 30,000 vehicles in Q1 2024

Turkish AI defense firm secures investment at valuation of $12.5M

Kenya’s military chief dies in a helicopter crash

Apple says it was ordered to pull WhatsApp from China app store

WHO warns growing spread of bird flu to humans is 'enormous concern'

Azerbaijan, CICA discuss prospects for partnership within COP29

Netflix adds 9.3 million new subscribers, beats expectations

Azerbaijan attends Ankara Industrial Cooperation Days in Defense and Aerospace

"Caspian Sky-2024" joint tactical exercise conducted

Azerbaijan`s pavilion to showcase at 60th Venice Biennale

Fenerbahce exit Europa Conference League after loss to Olympiacos on penalties

AzInTelecom joins United Nations Global Compact

AI for Earth: How NASA’s artificial intelligence and open science efforts combat climate change

391 people die of cholera, dengue fever in Sudan

Azerbaijan, International Dialogue Centre discuss prospects for cooperation

SOCAR and ACWA Power forge cooperation for Low Carbon / Green Fertilizer Project

Oil prices go up in global markets

Azeri Light crude dips to $88

Iran sanctions: US and UK extend measures against Tehran

Azerbaijan`s Milli Majlis hosts scientific conference on "New Caledonia: History, contemporary challenges and expected future”

Chair of New Caledonian Congress Committee: COP29 will contribute to addressing global climate change problems

Dubai Food Festival 2024 set to begin April 19

Google fires 28 employees for protesting Israel cloud deal

® Azercell participates in ADA Employability Week

Azerbaijan`s Milli Majlis and New Caledonian Congress sign MoU on cooperation VIDEO

Azerbaijan is a genuine example for us, says Chair of New Caledonian Congress Committee VIDEO