VILNIUS - Europe cares about security and stability in the South Caucasus, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says, meeting with his EU counterparts and Azerbaijan's leaders in Baku on Friday.
On Friday, the Lithuanian, Austrian and Romanian foreign ministers started their visit to Baku on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
Meetings with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov focused on the situation in the region after the second Nagorno-Karabakh war, as well as prospects for strengthening ties between the EU and Azerbaijan.
Also, preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit, planed at the end of this year, were also discussed.
"Together with my counterparts, the Foreign Ministers, we are sending out a message that Europe cares about peace in and prosperity of its eastern neighbours. We welcome the important confidence-building steps recently taken by Baku and Yerevan, We also wish to continue making a significant contribution to the resolution of painful conflicts and sustainable development of the countries in this region. In this context, it is also important to conclude negotiations on a new EU-Azerbaijan agreement," Landsbergis said.
Later on Friday, the foreign ministers will also hold meetings in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Tomorrow, on 26 June, the foreign ministers will be received by the Georgian leadership in Tbilisi.