Baku, Sofia in­ten­sify en­ergy, trans­port ties

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Adel­e­ga­tion led by Azer­bai­jan’s For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov went for an of­fi­cial visit to Bul­garia on Oc­to­ber 30.

The del­e­ga­tion in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Azer­bai­jani par­lia­ment, the Min­istry of En­ergy and the Min­istry of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies.

As part of the visit, Mam­mad­yarov held meet­ings with high-rank­ing of­fi­cials of Bul­garia.

On the side­lines of the visit, Mam­mad­yarov met with Bul­gar­ian Pres­i­dent Ru­men Radev.

Mam­mad­yarov de­liv­ered best wishes of Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev to the Bul­gar­ian pres­i­dent.

Ru­men Radev, in turn, highly ap­pre­ci­ated the launch of BakuSophia di­rect flight, fol­low­ing the joint state­ment made to­gether with Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev dur­ing his visit to Azer­bai­jan in Oc­to­ber 2017. The im­por­tant role of the di­rect flight, es­pe­cially with a view to de­vel­op­ing ties be­tween the sides in the field of tourism was un­der­lined.

The sign­ing of the “Joint State­ment be­tween the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan and the Repub­lic of Bul­garia on Strate­gic Part­ner­ship” dur­ing the of­fi­cial visit of Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan Il­ham Aliyev to Bul­garia was high­lighted in terms of paving way for es­tab­lish­ment of fa­vor­able po­lit­i­cal grounds for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the re­la­tion­ship.

Then, Mam­mad­yarov held meet­ing with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter of Bul­garia Eka­te­rina Zakharieva.

The sides em­pha­sized that the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two states on the level of strate­gic part­ner­ship are based on the norms and prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, par­tic­u­larly on the prin­ci­ples of sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of in­ter­na­tional rec­og­nized bor­ders, as well as on mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and trust.

The min­is­ters highly ap­pre­ci­ated the cur­rent level of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two states and un­der­lined the ex­is­tence of mu­tual in­ter­est and wide po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of en­ergy, trans­port, agri­cul­ture, tourism, ICT and en­vi­ron­ment.

Af­ter the bi­lat­eral ex­change, the first meet­ing of the Strate­gic Di­a­logue of Azer­bai­jan and Bul­garia was held be­tween the del­e­ga­tions of the both sides.

At the meet­ing wide range of is­sues of the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion agenda, in­clud­ing bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects in the fields of en­ergy, trans­port and transit, part­ner­ship re­la­tions of Azer­bai­jan with the Euro­pean Union, co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Bul­garia within re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, and other is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est were dis­cussed.

Fur­ther, Azer­bai­jani Min­is­ter was re­ceived by Min­is­ter of Trans­port, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions of Bul­garia Rossen Jeli­azkov and Bul­gar­ian En­ergy Min­is­ter Te­menuzhka Petkova.

At the meet­ings, the sides high­lighted the ex­ist­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for de­vel­op­ing the ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Bul­garia in the fields of en­ergy and trans­port and con­firmed the men­tioned two fields to be the key com­po­nents of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The im­por­tance of the ex­port of the Azer­bai­jani gas to Europe in the frame­work of the South­ern Gas Cor­ri­dor project ini­ti­ated and im­ple­mented by Azer­bai­jan and in this re­gard, pro­vid­ing gas to Bul­garia via Greece-Bul­garia Gas In­ter­con­nec­tor was un­der­lined.

It was noted that the is­sue of en­gage­ment of the State Oil Com­pany of Azer­bai­jan (SOCAR) in gasi­fi­ca­tion of Bul­garia is on the agenda.

Also, the min­is­ters un­der­lined the sig­nif­i­cant role that Azer­bai­jan and Bul­garia play with their ad­van­ta­geous ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion in terms of pro­mot­ing the in­ter­na­tional cargo trans­porta­tion be­tween Asia and Europe.

As part of his visit to Bul­garia, Mam­mad­yarov also met with Speaker of the Na­tional Assembly of Bul­garia Tsveta Karayancheva.

The Bul­gar­ian speaker re­called with plea­sure her visit to Azer­bai­jan in Septem­ber 2018, aimed at at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony ded­i­cated to the 100th an­niver­sary of the Azer­bai­jani Par­lia­ment.

The sides ex­changed their views on the en­ergy and trans­port projects im­ple­mented with the ini­tia­tive and par­tic­i­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jan, as well as the in­volve­ment of the Bul­gar­ian com­pa­nies in these projects.

Fur­ther­more, the sides stressed that these projects have a huge po­ten­tial from the point of de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic ties be­tween the two coun­tries and un­der­lined the ne­ces­sity of con­tin­u­a­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties in this field.

At the meet­ing, the sides also ex­changed views on other is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

More­over, the Azer­bai­jani for­eign min­is­ter held meet­ing with Bul­gar­ian Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence Krasimir Valchev, dur­ing which a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) on co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion be­tween the sides was signed.

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