VISIT OF AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT ILHAM ALIYEV TO SLOVAKIA
PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV MET NATO SECRETARY GENERAL
During the meeting of friendly and warm atmosphere, discussed were the existing links between Azerbaijan and NATO, focused the issues of integration of Azerbaijan to the Euro-Atlantic structures, as well as exchanged views on preparation works for the June 2004 Summit of NATO due in Istanbul.
Noting that he attaches great significance to the cooperation with NATO, President of Azerbaijan said that cooperation with this Organization is of progressive character. He once again stressed the necessity of integration to the Euro-Atlantic structures, saying, “Azerbaijan will further continue its policy in this direction”.
NATO pays much attention to the South Caucasus and considers Azerbaijan as an important partner of this Organization, Mr. Yaap de Hoop Scheffer emphasized.
The parties exchanged views on a number of other issues on cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO, especially was focused the plan of activity on cooperation that is under preparation.
In the course of talk, the parties also discussed the situation in the South Caucasus, settlement prospects of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorny Karabakh conflict. The North Atlantic Alliance wishes quick and peaceful resolution to the conflict and it is important for NATO, Mr. Yaap de Hoop Scheffer said.