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President Ilham Aliyev met with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva in Rome - UPDATE - PHOTOS

15 July 2014 [00:17] - TODAY.AZ
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Jose Graziano da Silva in Rome as part of his official visit to Italy.

President Ilham Aliyev was welcomed by Jose Graziano da Silva.

During the meeting, the sides noted that cooperation between Azerbaijan and FAO had been developing successfully, and spoke of the achievements gained by the country in the economic sphere.

The parties said agriculture had developed in Azerbaijan in recent years and reforms carried out in this area had yielded good results, and noted that government support to farmers was increased year by year.

The sides highlighted Azerbaijan’s achievements in ensuring food security and measures that would be taken in the future.

During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on prospects for cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

President Ilham Aliyev signed the FAO`s guest book.

Then the head of state visited a museum of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva told President Ilham Aliyev that the FAO headquarters had a rich library and a media center.

Then President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to FAO`s television channel.

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A dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Matteo Renzi in honor of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Rome.

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A ceremony to sign Azerbaijani-Italian documents has been held in Rome.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Matteo Renzi adopted “The Joint Declaration on strategic partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Italian Republic”.

“The Agreement on maritime transport between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Italian Republic” was signed by Azerbaijani Energy Minister Natig Aliyev and Italian Minister for Infrastructures, Transport and Telecommunications Maurizio Lupi.

“The Memorandum of Understanding on economic cooperation between the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Italian Republic” was signed by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Italy Vagif Sadigov and Italian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda.

“The Memorandum of Understanding on cultural cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities of the Italian Republic” was signed by Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev and State Secretary of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities Francesca Barracciu.

“The Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of sport between the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Department of Regional Affairs, Sports and Autonomy – Sports Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries of the Italian Republic” was signed by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and State Secretary of the Italian Cabinet of Ministers Graziano Delrio.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with Prime Minister of the Italian Republic Matteo Renzi in Rome.

President Ilham Aliyev was welcomed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Members of the Italian delegation were introduced to President Ilham Aliyev and members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the development of Azerbaijan-Italy bilateral relations in political economic and other fields. It was noted that the relations between the two countries reached strategic level. The sides said there were good prospects for energy cooperation. The importance of President Ilham Aliyev`s official visit was emphasized in terms of the development of the bilateral ties. The parties noted the significance of Azerbaijan-Italy relations in terms of cooperation with the European Union, and expressed confidence that the relations would further enhance.

The parties also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the Mercati di Traiano museum in Rome, where he met with the city`s Mayor Ignazio Marino and answered questions from Italian journalists.

President Ilham Aliyev was welcomed by Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino.

The head of state was informed about Mercati di Traiano. It was noted that the museum, whose collection includes rare exhibits, was of immense importance in terms of studying the history of ancient Rome. Many unique artefacts were discovered during excavations carried out in the area of the museum at different times. The excavations opened up wide opportunities for studying different periods of ancient history.

During the meeting, Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino said the relations between Azerbaijan and Italy were expanding in political, economic and energy areas and expressed his satisfaction with the development of Azerbaijan. He said they were interested in developing cultural relations with Azerbaijan, adding that this provided good opportunities for our countries and peoples to better know each other. Touching upon the extensive cooperation with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Mayor of Rome said he was well aware of the Foundation`s numerous cultural and humanitarian projects of universal importance. Ignazio Marino recalled his meeting with Azerbaijani First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva in Rome and emphasized the importance of the projects implemented jointly with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The mayor appreciated the Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s contribution to archaeological excavations around the Mercati di Traiano museum.

President Ilham Aliyev said the museum, which represented architectural and cultural heritage, belonged not only to Rome but all mankind. He said he was proud that Azerbaijan contributed to the excavation around Mercati di Traiano. “I think this is an important element of our bilateral relations,” said the head of state, adding that cultural cooperation was of special importance. President Ilham Aliyev said Italian history and culture was very popular in Azerbaijan, noting that the promotion of Azerbaijan`s culture in Italy was of great importance.
Saying that the relations between the two countries had reached a very high level, the head of state noted that Italy was Azerbaijan`s key trading partner in Europe and the world. President Ilham Aliyev said the energy partnership was successful, while the TAP project, which would redraw the energy map of Europe, was of tremendous importance to Azerbaijan. The head of state expressed his confidence that bilateral cooperation would cover infrastructure, construction, high technologies and economic areas in the future.

After the meeting President Ilham Aliyev signed the museum`s guest book.

The head of state then attended the signing ceremony of the agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Rome Mayor`s Office.

The agreement stipulates the allocation of funds for archaeological excavations in the area of the Mercati di Traiano museum.

Ignazio Marino then presented President Ilham Aliyev with a souvenir symbolizing the city of Rome.

Then the head of state and the mayor of Rome reviewed the area where archaeological excavation is to be carried out and admired the panoramic views of Rome.

In conclusion, President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to Italian journalists.

President Ilham Aliyev said:

- I am very pleased to come to the beautiful city of Rome. It is a very important day for our relations. Italian-Azerbaijani relations are developing very well and cover various areas. We are good friends and partners. We are proud of the fact that Azerbaijan is involved in restoring your historical and architectural heritage. Your history, culture and architecture belong to all mankind. Azerbaijan is proud to be involved in this process.

Today we held discussions with the mayor and will continue our cooperation. The Agreement signed today means that we have entered a new stage of cooperation. Political, economic and energy issues are very important for us, as they connect our countries. However, culture connects not only politicians and countries, but also people. Today, the intercultural relations between our countries, the contacts between people and the mutual interest in each other’s history reinforce this partnership. So today we can talk about a high-level cooperation between our two countries, as it covers many areas.

It is very nice to enjoy the picturesque panorama of your city from here. I have repeatedly visited Rome before, but did not see it from here. I do hope that we will soon make some important finds in these areas together.

Mayor Ignazio Marino said:

- We are grateful to President Ilham Aliyev for helping us. With this help we will carry out archeological excavations in Alexandria Street. We promise that during the next visit of Mr. President to Italy we will show the results of the work done.

I will also say that we are satisfied with the development of relations between our countries. Naturally, the agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan and the Mayor’s Office of the City of Rome signed today is an important document. It is evidence of the development of relations between our countries in the cultural sphere. We attach great importance to that. I am confident that this document will contribute to the further expansion of our cooperation in the future.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso in Rome.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso posed together for photographs.

During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful development of Azerbaijani-Italian strategic relations in various areas. The sides noted that Italy was the main trade partner of Azerbaijan, and stressed the importance of diversification of the economic cooperation. It was said that the activities of numerous Italian companies in Azerbaijan contributed to the development of the relations. The parties noted that the relations between the two countries played an immense role in the development of Azerbaijan-European Union cooperation. The sides expressed confidence that joint activities would be carried out during Azerbaijan`s presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The president of the Italian Senate said his country considered Azerbaijan as the guarantor of stability in the Caucasus.

President Ilham Aliyev informed the president of the Italian Senate of the consequences of Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan and the current state of the talks on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The parties emphasized the importance of interparliamentary ties, including the role of friendship groups in terms of the development of the bilateral relations, and noted the significance of the strengthening of cooperation on this front.

At the close of the meeting the parties exchanged keepsakes.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso in Rome.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso posed together for photographs.

During the meeting, the parties expressed satisfaction with the successful development of Azerbaijani-Italian strategic relations in various areas. The sided noted that Italy was the main trade partner of Azerbaijan, and stressed the importance of diversification of the economic cooperation. It was said that the activities of numerous Italian companies in Azerbaijan contributed to the development of the relations. The parties noted that the relations between the two countries played an immense role in the development of Azerbaijan-European Union cooperation. The sides expressed confidence that joint activities would be carried out during Azerbaijan`s presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The president of the Italian Senate said his country considered Azerbaijan as the guarantor of stability in the Caucasus.

President Ilham Aliyev informed the president of the Italian Senate of the consequences of Armenia`s military aggression against Azerbaijan and the current state of the talks on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The parties emphasized the importance of interparliamentary ties, including the role of friendship groups in terms of the development of the bilateral relations, and noted the significance of the strengthening of cooperation on this front.

At the close of the meeting the parties exchanged keepsakes.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano have held a meeting in an expanded format with the participation of delegations in Rome.

The head of state arrived at the Palace of the Italian President.

The guard of honor was arranged for President Ilham Aliyev outside the Palace.

Members of the Azerbaijani delegation were introduced to President Giorgio Napolitano and the government officials of Italy were introduced to President Ilham Aliyev.

The presidents posed for official photos.

Then the heads of state held a meeting in an expanded format.

During the meeting, the sides expressed satisfaction with the successful development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Italy in the political, economic, cultural and other fields. The parties stressed the importance of relations between the two countries in terms of the European Union-Azerbaijan cooperation.

The sides underlined the significance of the coordination of the efforts during Azerbaijan`s presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the conversation, the parties noted the successful development of cooperation in the energy area, and said the two countries supported each other within international organizations.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views over the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, various aspects of Azerbaijan-Italy bilateral ties and other issues of mutual concern.

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After the meeting, a dinner reception was hosted on behalf of President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano in honor of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

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14.07.2014
13:40

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Altare dell Patria memorial complex in Rome.

The guard of honor was arranged for the head of state in front of the memorial.

President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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11:12

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has visited a monument to great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi in Villa Borghese park in Rome.

The head of state put flowers at the monument.

The monument was erected under the Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On celebration of the 870th anniversary of great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi” dated December 23, 2011.

Supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the monument was unveiled in April, 2012 as part of a series of events marking the anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi.

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the Italian Republic on an official visit.

At the Rome international airport the head of state was met by senior state and government officials of Italy.


President Ilham Aliyev met with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva in Rome



























Dinner reception was hosted on behalf of Italian Premier Matteo Renzi in honor of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev





Azerbaijani-Italian documents signed











Azerbaijani-Italian documents signedPresident Ilham Aliyev met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi













President Ilham Aliyev visited the Mercati di Traiano museum in Rome where he met with Mayor Ignazio Marino and answered questions from Italian journalists







































































President Ilham Aliyev met with President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso in Rome

















President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano held a meeting in an expanded format



















President Ilham Aliyev visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Rome




















President Ilham Aliyev visited a monument to great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi in Rome





President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Italy on an official visit




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