Tbilisi, February 19, AZERTAC
“Azerbaijan has always offered its infrastructure for the transit of the Caspian energy resources to Western markets. Starting now successfully implemented the BTC project, we have initiated a number of important projects in the region. Azerbaijan connects the most important regions of Eurasia via implementation of the projects of the Southern Gas Corridor, the main lines of which are the Trans Anatolian Pipeline -TANAP, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project and new Baku international trade port. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and new Baku International Trade Port will be the main segments of the East-West Corridor,” said Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mammadyarov as he addressed the fifth trilateral meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in Tbilisi.
“It is important to highlight that geographic location of our countries provides an ample opportunity to benefit from our countries’ competitive transit potential. Therefore, I believe that developing transport infrastructure, and most importantly, interconnectivity and infrastructure in our geography should remain one of key areas of cooperation,” he said.
“Alongside, there are obstacles to peace and development in the region. There is a need to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states, as well as the rejection of the policy of aggression in order to maintain peace and stability in the region. Failure in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict is the greatest threat to peace, stability in the region and regional cooperation. And due to its occupation policy Armenia is out of all regional projects,” Mammadyarov added.