Azerbaijani Lawmakers Vote To Resume Relations With European Parliament

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Azerbaijani's parliament has passed a resolution on resuming relations with the European Parliament that have been suspended for more than a year.

The vote on September 30 by the Milli Mejlis in Baku approved a resolution saying that steps taken by the European Parliament have paved the way for a resumption of dialogue and cooperation.

In September 2015, in response to the European Union's criticism of human rights abuses by the government in Baku, Azerbaijan's parliament terminated its membership in the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is a forum that includes members of the European Parliament and the national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

The Azerbaijani parliament in September 2015 also suspended its participation in the European Union-Azerbaijan parliamentary cooperation committee.

A delegation of the European Parliament visited Azerbaijan from September 19 to September 21 for talks with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about restoring ties.

source: RFERL