Azer­bai­jani, Turk­ish, Ge­or­gian FMs meet for sixth time

Azer News - - Front Page - By Amina Nazarli

Baku, Ankara and Tbil­isi – the three strate­gic part­ners and re­gional al­lies – have out­lined a joint strat­egy for re­gional de­vel­op­ment dur­ing the tri­lat­eral meet­ing of the three coun­tries’ for­eign min­is­ters in Baku.

Be­ing six in edi­tion, the min­is­te­rial meet­ing pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss in a tri­lat­eral for­mat the pos­si­bil­i­ties of re­gional part­ner­ship, pro­mo­tion of the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions based on mu­tual ben­e­fits, strength­en­ing of re­gional pros­per­ity, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity.

A large seg­ment of the talks be­tween El­mar Mam­mad­yarov, Mev­lut Cavu­soglu, Mikheil Janelidze cov­ered the eco­nomic sec­tor, while the three agreed to pre­pare a sum­mit of their pres­i­dents.

Be­ing pleased with the ne­go­ti­a­tions Mam­mad­yarov at a brief­ing fol­low­ing the tri­lat­eral meet­ing said that the coun­tries also agreed to de­velop a road map for fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion.

"In­ter­est­ing and fruit­ful talks were held,” he said. “The three coun­tries are im­ple­ment­ing many re­gional projects and we have dis­cussed the stage of their im­ple­men­ta­tion."

The meet­ing could not but af­fect a re­gional rail link Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars (BTK) rail­way project, con­structed on the ba­sis of the Azer­bai­jan-Ge­or­gia-Turkey in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment.

The Azer­bai­jani FM said that the BTK rail­way con­struc­tion project, with peak ca­pac­ity at 17 mil­lion tons of cargo per year, will be im­ple­mented till late 2017.

“There is a need for this project, as well as the nec­es­sary vol­ume of cargo trans­porta­tion,” he added. “Three coun­tries also in­tend to use other ways of cargo trans­porta­tion."

The sides also dis­cussed the is­sues of co­op­er­a­tion in ICT, en­ergy and other spheres, which was fixed by sign­ing an ac­tion plan for 20172019, cov­er­ing co­op­er­a­tion in all spheres.

Baku also urged Ankara and Tbil­isi to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in re­solv­ing of con­flicts.

Mam­mad­yarov noted that the ap­proaches of the three coun­tries to the prin­ci­ples of the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of states co­in­cide. The par­ties, of course, are in fa­vor of re­solv­ing con­flicts through diplo­matic means.

“Con­flicts are dis­cussed in all in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, and I think we should fur­ther ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in this mat­ter,” Mam­mad­yarov said.

Speak­ing at the brief­ing Cavu­soglu told about the in­ten­tion of the three coun­tries to raise eco­nomic re­la­tions to a new level.

The min­is­ter called upon the coun­tries to ex­ert more ef­forts to solve a num­ber of is­sues in such spheres as cus­toms, lo­gis­tics, trans­port, etc. and in this as­pect.

In this as­pect, he stressed the im­por­tance of giv­ing an im­pe­tus to the work at the level of other min­istries and de­part­ments of the three coun­tries.

In re­cent months Azer­bai­jan, Turkey and Ge­or­gia have en­joyed stronger re­la­tions. The first test train on the BTK route left Turkey for Ge­or­gia, which ex­pects to bring great re­sults and ben­e­fits to the three coun­tries.

Say­ing that the tri­lat­eral for­mats are mak­ing an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, the Turk­ish FM added that the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars rail­way will be used to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the three coun­tries in the trans­port sec­tor.

Talk­ing about the tri­lat­eral re­la­tions, Janelidze stressed that Baku, Ankara and Tbil­isi in­tend to give a new im­pe­tus to re­la­tions, stress­ing that his coun­try in­tents to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with Azer­bai­jan and Turkey both at the bi­lat­eral level and in the re­gional for­mat.

“It needs to be noted, first of all, that this is a unique mech­a­nism es­tab­lished among three neigh­bours. We play an ex­ceed­ingly im­por­tant role not only in the re­gion, but also glob­ally. All the three coun­tries form the link con­nect­ing Europe and Asia. and the trade and eco­nomic re­la­tions get­ting deeper and deeper be­tween Europe and Asia owe a great deal to this link” Jan­er­lidze said

The Ge­or­gian FM also noted that the three coun­tries suc­cess­fully co­op­er­ate in the in­ter­na­tional arena, sup­port the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty of one an­other, and co­op­er­ate fruit­fully in this field at var­i­ous venues.

The three min­is­ters hailed the suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion in this tri­lat­eral for­mat, which is im­por­tant not only in re­gional but also in global context.

Within the frame­work of the tri­lat­eral meet­ing, the Min­is­ters also signed Baku Dec­la­ra­tion, fea­tur­ing spe­cific projects and ini­tia­tives in the ar­eas of econ­omy, en­ergy, agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

Prior to the tri­lat­eral meet­ing the diplo­mats held bi­lat­eral meet­ings.

At the meet­ing be­tween Mam­mad­yarov and Cavu­soglu, the sides dis­cussed the prospects of bi­lat­eral and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion.

Cavu­soglu in­formed his coun­ter­part about the visit of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan to Azer­bai­jan in late Septem­ber fol­low­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly’s ses­sion.

The meet­ing be­tween Cavu­soglu and Janelidze held on the same day, cov­ered is­sues such as de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, en­ergy, trans­port and hu­man­i­tar­ian spheres, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­gional projects and the ex­change of views on re­gional se­cu­rity is­sues.

Pre­vi­ous day, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev re­ceived the FMs sep­a­rately.

Speak­ing with Janelidze, the head of state noted that the Azer­bai­jani-Ge­or­gian bi­lat­eral re­la­tions suc­cess­fully de­velop and good re­sults were achieved in all ar­eas. Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev hailed the dy­nam­ics of the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions, and pointed out the ex­pan­sion of co­op­er­a­tion in sev­eral im­por­tant fields.

At the meet­ing with Cavu­soglu, Pres­i­dent Aliyev noted that the work car­ried out among the three coun­tries is of great im­por­tance for both the coun­tries them­selves and the whole re­gion.

The ba­sis of the tri­lat­eral meet­ing was laid on June 8, 2012 in the Turk­ish city of Trab­zon within the frame­work of the Trab­zon Dec­la­ra­tion signed by the for­eign min­is­ters of the three coun­tries. The dec­la­ra­tion re­flects the most im­por­tant ar­eas of mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion among Azer­bai­jan, Turkey and Ge­or­gia in econ­omy, en­ergy, in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port, cul­ture and hu­man­i­tar­ian sphere.

Start­ing from 2012, the for­eign min­is­ters of the three coun­tries meet twice a year to dis­cuss tri­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion and re­gional is­sues.

The pre­vi­ous meet­ing of the for­eign min­is­ters of Azer­bai­jan, Ge­or­gia and Turkey was held on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2016 in Tbil­isi.

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