January 21, 2023 - 11:43 AMT
NATO sums up Colomina’s trip to Armenia, Azerbaijan

The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina, travelled to the South Caucasus this week, visiting Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The visit was part of Colomina’s regular political consultations in these two important NATO partner countries, NATO said in a statement on Friday, January 20.

In Armenia, he met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, Defence Minister Suren Papikyan and other officials. In Azerbaijan he met with Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and other officials. Colomina discussed NATO’s cooperation with Armenia and with Azerbaijan, and the contributions of both partners to Euro-Atlantic security.

Colomina also exchanged views on regional security issues, including the situation in the Lachin corridor. He stressed the importance of free movement and the need to address humanitarian issues, as well as the importance of resuming talks and working towards normalisation. Mr Colomina also welcomed the role of the European Union in support of regional stability.