Azerbaijani Politics 21 april — 16:56

EU doesn't exclude introduction of visa-free regime with Azerbaijan

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The possibility of introducing a visa-free regime between the EU and Azerbaijan is not ruled out, said the Representative of the European Union for the South Caucasus, Herbert Salber, who just completed his visit to Azerbaijan.

'However, before the visa-free regime is achieved, many issues, including technical ones, should be resolved. Parties have to undergo a number of procedures. If all aspects are negotiated and agreed, a visa-free regime between the EU and Azerbaijan, in principle, is possible,' the EU representative told Trend News Agency.

Salber did not specify the exact time-frame for reaching such an agreement: 'It is still difficult to speak about specific deadlines for achieving this goal; the parties are still at the earliest stages of considering such an opportunity, but this prospect is not ruled out.'

Earlier, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that the abolition of visas for Azerbaijani citizens is one of the topics of cooperation between Baku and Brussels.

Salber called the relations between the EU and Azerbaijan quite extensive and versatile. According to the representative of the EU, bilateral relations are at a higher level than in previous years.

'The new agreement between the two sides will cover various aspects of cooperation, including politics, trade and energy,' Salber said.

The diplomat expressed hope that the negotiations on the new agreement will be completed this year.

'The new agreement will create a solid base for future cooperation,' said Salber.

The next round of talks on the new agreement will be held in Baku in the coming days.

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