Azerbaijani Politics 11 october — 20:07

Ilham Aliyev at Sochi summit (Updated, Photo)

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A limited format session of the Council of CIS Heads of State has today been held in Sochi, Russian Federation. As reports the press-service of the Azerbaijani head of state, President Ilham Aliyev attended the session.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin welcomed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Azerbaijani and Russian presidents posed together for photos.

Then a session of the Council of CIS Heads of State started.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that the agenda of the session is rich enough, adding that it will feature discussions on the ways of strengthening mutual relations within the CIS in the years to come, and on how to improve the efficiency of cooperation between the CIS countries.

The Russian President emphasised that the meeting will mainly focus on the development of relations in a number of areas, including in economic, trade, investment, and humanitarian spheres.

President Vladimir Putin underlined the existence of all opportunities for implementing new large-scale projects based on mutual interests and expressed his confidence that the meeting will give impetus to the expansion of exchange of experience in the field of culture, education, science and tourism.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Executive Secretary of CIS Sergey Lebedev noted that the agenda of the meeting includes 16 issues. "The submitted draft documents have been examined by experts and coordinated with representatives of the countries. Economic documents have been approved by the CIS Economic Council."

President Ilham Aliyev made a speech at the event.

After that an expanded format session of the Council of CIS Heads of State has been held. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the session.

Following the session, a ceremony of signing documents was held. A total of 18 documents on the activities of the organization were signed.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today arrived in Sochi, Russian Federation, to attend a session of the CIS Council of Heads of State, informs the press-service of the Azerbaijani head of state.

Governor of Krasnodar region Veniamin Kondratyev, Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov and other officials greeted President Ilham Aliyev at the Sochi International Airport.

Today, the CIS leaders will hold meetings first in narrow then in enlarged format.

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