Azerbaijani FM informs OSCE Chair-in-Office about Azerbaijan-Armenia normalization process


Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with a delegation led by Ian Borg, OSCE Chair-in-Office, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of Malta.

The officials first held a one-on-one meeting, followed by an expanded meeting with delegations from both sides.

The discussions centered on evolving prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Malta in various domains, including political, economic, energy, humanitarian, and others. The sides acknowledged ample opportunities for strengthening relations in areas such as energy and tourism.

Minister Bayramov praised Malta's OSCE chairmanship priorities, including environment and connectivity, and highlighted that Azerbaijan's COP29 presidency and Malta's OSCE presidency could create a synergistic effect in addressing global environmental challenges through joint efforts.

FM Bayramov emphasized the importance of the OSCE utilizing its comprehensive security concept and wide membership geography to maintain its role in solving regional issues, especially amid current security challenges in Europe. He stressed that principles such as sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of internationally recognized borders are fundamental for ensuring security, restoring trust, and fostering cooperation within the OSCE.

FM Bayramov provided an overview of the regional situation in the post-conflict period and the Azerbaijan-Armenia normalization process. He noted that despite relevant mandates, several OSCE institutions had failed to make progress in resolving the 30-year conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Minister Bayramov also highlighted the importance of supporting mine clearance and the removal of unexploded ordnances in Azerbaijani territories, as well as facilitating the return of internally displaced persons to their homeland, based on Azerbaijan's demand and appeal.

During the press briefing, the ministers made statements on the meeting’s outcomes and responded to journalists’ questions.