The organizational phase of the establishment of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Europe has been completed, and steps are taken towards lobbying, Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress president, vice-president of the Congress of European Azerbaijanis Sahil Gasimov told reporters in Baku.
According to him, one of the main problems now is the lobbying.
«Lobbying is diplomacy, which is different from traditional and people’s diplomacy. Benelux Azerbaijanis Congress is accredited by the EU, and European diplomats have been informed on the subject. The studies on Azerbaijan are currently underway. Lobbying begins to acquire a wider scope. We have a lobby, like the Greek, Armenian, Jewish lobbies. More serious steps will be taken in this direction,» he said.
In December last year, the Nagorno-Karabakh issue was raised at the Dutch Parliament, the president of the congress said.
«We need to increase the number of such events, as we have to move beyond the traditional Diaspora issues. There are a lot of painful issues for us, and we need to gather strength together to be able to solve it,» Gasimov said.
He also appreciated the importance of the I Forum of Diaspora Organizations of Member Countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking Countries held in Baku.