President Aliyev holds several meetings - UPDATE

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev received Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak on February 29, Azertac state news agency reported.

The sides voiced satisfaction with the highest level of friendly and fraternal relations between the two countries in all fields, including energy sector.

They hailed the successful implementation of TANAP project in accordance with the schedule, and also exchanged views on cooperation prospects.

President Aliyev received EU Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic.

The sides expressed their satisfaction with the dynamic development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union.

They stressed the importance of the second meeting of the ministers as part of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council. The significance of Maros Sefcovic's participation in the meeting was emphasized.

The sides also exchanged views on the current state and prospects of the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

President Aliyev also received the delegation led by Amos Hochstein, the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the US State Department.

The president said that the second meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council being held in Baku, is a successful format for holding joint discussions on the project’s implementation.

Highlighting the significance of the U.S. government’s support to the project, President Aliyev emphasized the importance of Hochstein’s participation in this event.

The president expressed hope that this event will bring good results.

Amos Hochstein, for his part, voiced satisfaction with the invitation to the second meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council.

Stressing the effectiveness of last year’s meeting, he said that the ongoing event is very significant in this important period for the project.

Hochstein added that the meeting has created a good opportunity to exchange views on various issues related to the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

During the day, the president also received Kakha Kaladze, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy of Georgia.

The sides hailed the high level of Azerbaijani-Georgian energy projects, and pointed to the successful realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. They hailed the successful implementation of joint projects between the two countries not only in energy sector, but in a number of other areas.

They emphasized that the two countries would continue their cooperation as strategic partners

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