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Estonia Wants Pension and Trucking Agreements with Azerbaijan

09.12.2013

At a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov in Kiev, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would like to intensify trade relations and develop economic contacts with Azerbaijan.

“Many Estonian information technology businesses are already active and successful on the Azerbaijani market and there has been a desire to be introduced to our digital signature solution,” noted Paet. "Cooperation opportunities are also presented by the rapidly developing Azerbaijani telecommunications field as well as by agricultural production and the tourism business,” he added.

According to Paet, Estonia is interested in signing a pension agreement with Azerbaijan. “We would also like to sign an international trucking agreement with Azerbaijan soon,” said Paet.

When speaking about European Union-Azerbaijan relations and the Eastern Partnership summit that took place in Vilnius, Foreign Minister Paet expressed contentment regarding the signing of the visa facilitation and readmission agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan. “Estonia supports the movement towards visa freedom between the European Union and Azerbaijan and the signing of the visa facilitation agreement is a good start to that,” he remarked.

Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that, as an eastern partner of the European Union, Azerbaijan would like a strategic partnership with the EU. 40% of Azerbaijan’s foreign trade is with the European Union.

Paet and Mammadyarov discussed cooperation in the UN and supporting each others’ candidacies. Azerbaijan’s experiences in the last two years as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council were also talked about. Azerbaijan’s membership in the UN Security Council will end on 31 December 2013, after which Lithuania, as the new representative of the Eastern Europe group, will begin its non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council.

Developments in both Estonia and Azerbaijan’s neighbourhoods as well as the political-security situations in both regions were discussed.    

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