The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, on the initiative of the President of the European Council, have agreed to meet and also to establish direct contacts between the two countries.
The meeting will take place on the margins of the Eastern Partnership summit, which will take place on December 15 in Brussels, the EU leader, Charles Michel said.
Michel announced that he had telephone conversations Friday with the President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, as a continuation of discussions he had with the two leaders earlier this week regarding the situation in the region
According to an official statement from the Council of Europe, “the leaders of the two countries agreed to meet in Brussels to discuss the regional situation and ways to resolve differences for a prosperous and stable South Caucasus, supported by the European Union.”
According to official Brussels, during the telephone conversations with Charles Michel, the “two leaders also agreed to establish a direct line of communication at the level of defense ministers, which will serve as a mechanism for preventing incidents.”
This will be the third face-to-face meeting between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan since last year’s war. The previous two were organized on the initiative of Russia and took place in Moscow under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin.