Prime Minister David Cameron met with President Aliyev of Azerbaijan at 10 Downing Street this evening.
The Prime Minister warmly welcomed President Aliyev back to Downing Street and congratulated him on his country’s recent medals in wrestling and weightlifting. President Aliyev congratulated the Prime Minster on Team GB’s Olympic successes and on the overall running of the Games.
The two men built on the constructive meeting that they had in Chicago in May. Trade - in particular oil and gas - was high on the agenda, with the Prime Minister saying he hoped that the UK and Azerbaijan could build on the successes of UK companies in the region and encourage further investment. Both agreed on the need for a two-way flow of bilateral investment across a range of sectors.
Iran and Syria were discussed at some length. President Aliyev agreed strongly with the Prime Minister on the need for a resolution to the problems posed by the Iranian nuclear programme and for a solution to the crisis in Syria in order to achieve stability in the region. The Prime Minster thanked President Aliyev for the constructive role Azerbaijan continues to play on Syria in the Security Council.
They also talked about the future of Afghanistan and the Prime Minister thanked President Aliyev for Azerbaijan’s ongoing contribution to ISAF.