Azerbaijan is a strategic partner of Georgia and the country is interested in developing and strengthening these relations, said Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili as he met with Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade in Tbilisi on May 16.
The sides exchanged views on prospects for the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia, activities of the East-West energy corridor, as well as other energy projects implemented in the region, Azertac reports.
Rasizade hailed the bilateral relations and friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Georgia, saying the energy projects serve the best interests of both countries.
A delegation led by Rasizade embarked on a visit to Georgia to attend a series of events on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of East-West energy corridor to be held in Tbilisi.
During the Tbilisi visit, Rasizade also met with his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Kvirikashvili to explore prospects for the development of strategic partnership.
They discussed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines, the East-West energy corridor and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway projects. They in particular discussed ways of expanding the bilateral relations between their countries in a variety of fields, including investment making, trade, power engineering and transportation.
Rasizade hailed “the friendly” relations between the two countries, saying Azerbaijan is interested in developing these ties.
Hailing the importance of the projects co-implemented by Azerbaijan and Georgia, Rasizade said “these projects are of crucial importance not only in strengthening our state independence and economic relations, but increasing international influence of our countries."
Kvirikashvili offered his congratulations on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the commissioning of Baku-Supsa energy corridor, which, he said, made “significant” contributions to the development of strategic partnership between the two countries.
He thanked Azerbaijan for involving Georgia in energy projects, as well as for the country's approach to solving gas and other problems faced by Georgia.
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