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State Visits from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in Context of Austria's OSCE Chairmanship in 2017

Published: February 12, 2016; 19:00 · (FriedlNews)

Michael Linhart met Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov in Vienna. “Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are important partners for Austria in the context of its OSCE Chairmanship in 2017”

Turkmen Foreign Minister Meredow / Picture: © Wikipedia / Michael Gross / US Department of State

Both meetings provided the opportunity to discuss with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan topics relating to the lead-up to Austria's OSCE Chairmanship in 2017.

“During its Chairmanship Austria wants to place special emphasis on Central Asia and the South Caucasus, which are key regions also in the OSCE context“, Secretary General Michael Linhart stated.

"The promotion of stability and growth in the South Caucasus and in Central Asia are goals that are to be fostered and further supported via the OSCE (and other mechanisms and organisations including the EU)."

“Cooperation in dealing with migration and radicalisation as well as a stronger interconnection of economic zones are of common interest“, Linhart emphasised.

In his meeting with the Turkmen Foreign Minister, the Secretary General discussed measures aimed at intensifying bilateral economic cooperation and also engaged in an exchange of views on current developments in Central Asia.

Apart from steps towards further developing bilateral relations, the talks with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan  also focused on the still unresolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh that has been ongoing for more than twenty years between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Topics that featured on both meetings’ agendas included exchanges of views on the situation in and around Ukraine, in the Middle East, IS terrorism, the refugee crisis and human rights issues.