Azerbaijan is at the stage of simplification of visas with the EU, said in Baku

© RIA Novosti / Murad to Urogenitale in Photobacterium of Baku and Baku Bay in the Caspian sea. Archival photoAzerbaijan is at the stage of simplification of visas with the EU, said in Baku© RIA Novosti / Murad to Urogenitary the image Bank

Deputy foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mahmud Mammadguliyev said on Monday that the country is at the stage of simplification of visas with the EU, in his opinion, full cancellation of visa regime between Azerbaijan and EU — «the future».

Earlier official representative of Azerbaijani foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told RIA Novosti that Azerbaijan and the EU may consider introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of the Republic in discussions on a new agreement Baku and the EU. In turn, the EU representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber said that the possibility of introducing a visa-free regime between the EU and Azerbaijan is not excluded, but it did not name the exact timing.

«Azerbaijan is at the stage of simplification of visas with the EU, the complete abolition of the visa regime between Azerbaijan and EU — in the future. For the parties the main thing now is to implement a new strategic partnership agreement, to the positive results of this agreement,» Mammadguliyev said to journalists.

Azerbaijan since 2008 participates in the EU program «Eastern partnership». It provides a significant increase in the level of political interaction, broad integration of former Soviet republics into the EU economy and the increase in provide them with financial assistance.

The EU Council in November 2016 approved a mandate for the European Commission and head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini on the negotiations on behalf of the EU and its member countries to a «comprehensive agreement» with Azerbaijan. The new agreement should replace the agreement on partnership and cooperation in 1996.

The document provides for the approximation of legislation and procedures of Azerbaijan’s most important international trade norms and EU standards. The first meeting under the new agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan was held on 7 February in Brussels.

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