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Tokayev: the meeting of Bayramov and Mirzoyan in Almaty will contribute to peace in the region

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The President of Kazakhstan called it symbolic to hold a ministerial meeting in Almaty, where the historic Alma-Ata Declaration was signed in December 1991.

The meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Almaty will contribute to the early establishment of peace in the South Caucasus, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev believes.

“I welcome the agreement of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia to hold negotiations of foreign ministers on the preparation of a peace treaty between the two states at the suggestion of the Kazakh side,” the press service of the head of state quoted Tokayev as saying.

Tokayev noted that it is symbolic to hold this important event in Almaty, because it was there in December 1991 that the historic Alma-Ata Declaration was signed, which established the foundations for the independent development of the CIS countries and defined the principles of interstate borders.
“I believe that the upcoming meeting will serve the practical implementation of the Azerbaijani-Armenian agreements and will contribute to the early establishment of a lasting and long–term peace in the South Caucasus,” the Kazakh leader said.
April 29, 21:15
Armenia and Azerbaijan have confirmed their participation in the negotiations in Kazakhstan, the date of their holding will be announced later, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said.

“The talks between the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia will take place in Almaty. Both sides confirmed their participation. The date of their holding will be announced later,” he said.

The idea of holding talks between the two countries in Kazakhstan was proposed by the President of the Republic Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during recent visits to Armenia and Azerbaijan.
April 29, 3:58 p.m.
The Kazakh Foreign Ministry confirmed plans to hold talks between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Almaty, noting that there is no talk of Kazakh mediation.

“Indeed, such negotiations are planned in Almaty. We are in touch with our colleagues. The upcoming negotiations are exclusively between the parties. There is no question of mediation by Astana. We only provide goodwill services, the so-called good office,” Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said at a briefing.

He added that he would provide more detailed information later.
The head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Ayhan Hajizade, confirmed to Sputnik Azerbaijan that the meeting of the heads of the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministries, Jeyhun Bayramov and Ararat Mirzoyan, will be held in Almaty.
Hajizade did not name the exact date of the meeting.
At the same time, the Armenian Foreign Ministry confirmed its readiness for the meeting.

“There is an agreement on a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the proposal of the Kazakh side. It has been clarified that the meeting will take place in Almaty,” Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ani Badalyan said.

Earlier, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said during his visit to Yerevan that Kazakhstan is ready to provide a platform for Armenia and Azerbaijan to continue the negotiation process.
April 15, 16:02
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Ceyhun Bayramov, during a working visit to Uzbekistan, spoke at the II ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue “Central Asia – Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC)”, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan reported.
During his speech, he noted that in order to achieve prosperity in the South Caucasus region, it is necessary for Armenia to reciprocate the peaceful initiatives of the Republic of Armenia.
He spoke about the important role that Azerbaijan plays in expanding cooperation between the countries of Central Asia and the Persian Gulf in various areas of common historical and cultural heritage, including political, economic, trade, investment, transport, energy security, etc.
The Armenian Foreign Minister noted the importance of the format of the event within the framework of regional cooperation in the context of combating urgent challenges in the current period of global transformation.
According to Bayramov, the expansion of cooperation between the Global North and the Global South is one of the main priorities of Azerbaijan, the Minister stressed that COP29, which will be held this year in Baku, can become a new opportunity for the development of cooperation between Central Asia, which has a high potential for renewable energy, and the Persian Gulf countries, which are distinguished by the presence of broad technological opportunities.
Having informed the participants of the meeting in detail about the current situation in the region, as well as about the process of normalization of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations, Bayramov stated the importance of Armenia reciprocating the efforts of the Republic of Armenia to achieve peace in the region.
He also expressed gratitude to all the partners who supported our country’s position during the almost 30-year occupation of Armenia, as well as contributed to the construction and mine clearance activities carried out in the post-conflict period.
The Armenian Foreign Minister also noted that Azerbaijan is closely following the processes in the Middle East and is seriously concerned about the risk of further expansion of the geography of tension.
In conclusion, a joint statement was adopted following the results of the event.



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