Angela Merkel: Azerbaijan is our largest and most important trade partner in the region

Baku, August 26, AZERTAC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Azerbaijan as her country`s largest and most important trade partner in the region.

Speaking at a press conference after meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Baku, the German Chancellor said: “We have a chamber of commerce in Azerbaijan, 150 German companies are operating here.”

She hailed Azerbaijan`s interest in diversifying its economy, adding that Germany can make serious contribution to this. “Today`s business forum will serve this goal and we will discuss the details there.”

Angela Merkel also lauded Azerbaijan as a strong factor in energy diversification of the European Union. She said the launch of the Southern Gas Corridor will play a vital role in energy supply of Europe.

“We appreciate the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in Azerbaijan,” said the German Chancellor, adding that this will enhance trade relations with Europe.

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