Re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan, Ge­or­gia at high­est level

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Ge­or­gia are at a high level, co­op­er­a­tion has reached a strate­gic level, and re­la­tions are based on the prin­ci­ples of strong friend­ship, good neigh­bor­li­ness and mu­tual re­spect.

Azer­bai­jani Econ­omy Min­is­ter Shahin Mustafayev made the re­marks dur­ing the meet­ing with Geor­gian Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Zurab Pataradze.

The min­is­ter stressed that the coun­tries co­op­er­ate in var­i­ous ar­eas, in­clud­ing trade, en­ergy, trans­port, in­vest­ment, hu­man­i­tar­ian, etc.

“Azer­bai­jan and Ge­or­gia are the main par­tic­i­pants in large-scale projects Baku-Tbil­isi-Cey­han, Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars, the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor. Azer­bai­jan has been the first in terms of in­vest­ments in the Geor­gian econ­omy since 2012. More than 300 com­pa­nies with Geor­gian cap­i­tal have been regis­tered in Azer­bai­jan,” the min­is­ter stressed.

Pataradze, in turn, un­der­lined the im­por­tance of re­cip­ro­cal vis­its in the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions and shared his views on co­op­er­a­tion in the eco­nomic sphere.

Diplo­matic ties be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Ge­or­gia were es­tab­lished on Novem­ber 18, 1992.

The two coun­tries broadly co­op­er­ate in re­gional en­ergy de­vel­op­ment, trans­porta­tion and eco­nomic part­ner­ship projects such as BakuT­bil­isi-Cey­han pipeline (BTC), KarsT­bil­isi-Baku rail­way (BTK), the TRACECA, the BSEC.

Geor­gian ex­ports to Azer­bai­jan in­clude ce­ment, lo­co­mo­tives and other rail­way ve­hi­cles, min­eral and chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers, min­eral wa­ters, strong drinks, glass and glass wares, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, among other things.

Azer­bai­jani mainly ex­ports to Ge­or­gia oil and petroleum prod­ucts, nat­u­ral gas, plas­tic wares, fur­ni­ture and build­ing con­struc­tions.

Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev dur­ing his meet­ing with Geor­gian Prime Min­is­ter Giorgi Kvirikashvili, which took place in March in Baku, noted that Azer­bai­jan is on the first place in terms of the vol­ume of in­vest­ments in Ge­or­gia, which in­di­cates a high level of in­ter­state re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

“We suc­cess­fully co­op­er­ate in dif­fer­ent fields. Azer­bai­jan is the first among the coun­tries that in­vest in Ge­or­gia. Since 2012, we main­tain this po­si­tion. This shows the best in­vest­ment cli­mate in your coun­try. In ad­di­tion, this in­di­cates that our re­la­tions are at a high level,” the head of state said.

The trade turnover be­tween the states amounted to more than $584 mil­lion in the first half of the year.

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