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German FM: We seek EU involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement

German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said his country wants to find a lasting solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and seeks the European Union`s involvement in the dispute`s mediation along with the OSCE Minsk group.

Speaking to a press conference following his meeting with Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov, Mr. Steinmeier said: “We would like to play a role in the settlement of the conflict. Newly appointed EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber is an experienced German diplomat.”

He said Germany is keen to expand its cooperation with all Eastern Partnership countries, including Azerbaijan. “From a strategic point of view, Azerbaijan is an important country between the East and the West, and plays the role of a bridge. Azerbaijan is also an important country in terms of energy, and plays a profound role in ensuring European energy security.”

Mr. Steinmeier said Azerbaijan is the only country in the region, where Russia and Germany have foreign chambers of commerce. “This is a strong signal of the expansion of our economic relations. The Southern Gas corridor, in turn, opens great opportunities for the development of our bilateral cooperation,” he added.

FM Mammadyarov said: “During our private and expanded meetings with the German Minister we discussed the issues of mutual interest.” “We also discussed educational cooperation, and regional issues,” he added.