Azerbaijan, Italy discuss prospects for developing relations

Baku, October 19, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan`s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with a delegation led by President of the Italian Senate Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati.

Expressing satisfaction with her visit to Azerbaijan as the President of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati stated her audience and fruitful discussions with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

Haling the current level of Azerbaijan-Italy ties, the sides stressed the importance of reciprocal visits and meetings in enhancing the bilateral relations. The sides also commended the activities of the parliaments in promotion of friendly ties. The sides also expressed their satisfaction with the results of the most recent visit of First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva.

Noting Italy as the strategic partner of Azerbaijan, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov highlighted the ongoing fundamental reforms in diversification of economy and added that there are attractive conditions for even closer engagement of the Italian companies in the non-oil sector.

FM Mammadyarov drew attention to the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor and special emphasize was made to TANAP and TAP projects as its important components. Elmar Mammadyarov expressed his confidence that the realization of these projects will further contribute to the development of the economic relations.

Noting that Italy is one of the main trade partners of Azerbaijan in recent years, the sides stressed the importance of holding the next meeting of the Azerbaijan-Italy Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.

The sides praised the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Italy.

They also exchanged views on cooperation in the fields of science, education and culture, as well as other issues of mutual concern.

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