During the meeting Portuguese Minister noted broad opportunities for the development of relations between two countries. He especially mentioned favorable potential for the cooperation in the field of tourism.
Minister Elmar Mammadyarov informed about the attractiveness of Azerbaijan for foreign investments and Azerbaijan’s own potential investment capacities and added that Azerbaijan achieved sustainable political, economic and social development within a short period of time as a result of successful domestic and foreign policy. He also noted that Azerbaijan’s experience on realization of Millennium Development Goals within a short span of time was commended by relevant structures of the UN as an exemplary case. Furthermore, he emphasized the dynamic development of non-oil sector and the achievement of high economic growth rate this year in Azerbaijan despite the global economic-financial problems.
Minister said that the the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Azerbaijan are unacceptable and biased and stressed that some circles within this organization pursue deliberate anti-Azerbaijan and Islamaphobic policy.
Additionally, the sides discussed the issues of migration and foreign fighters joining the international terrorist networks. Portuguese Minister emphasized the problems related with the admission of migrants, especially their integration into the society and providing their education and healthcare needs.
Minister Elmar Mammadyarov noted that one of the key ways to address these problems is to promote multiculturalism. He shared Azerbaijan’s experience in this regard.
During the meeting Minister Elmar Mammadyarov talked about negotiations over the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict and stressed that as a result of non-constructive policy of Armenia based on aggression and occupation, no progress was achieved in the settlement of the conflict. Minister said that Armenia’s aggressive and annexationist policy puts the region on the brink of new disasters and added that for the conflict to be resolved it is necessary to withdraw Armenian troops from the occupied Azerbaijani territories in accordance with the four resolutions of the UN Security Council and ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan within the framework of its internationally recognized borders.