On December 15, the 9th meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Georgia was held in Tbilisi, APA reports citing the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The leaders of the respective state structures of both countries participated in the meeting chaired by Prime Ministers Ali Asadov and Irakli Garibashvili.
Prime Minister A. Asadov noted in his opening speech that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia. It was emphasized that during these years the relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia have risen to the level of strategic partnership.
Satisfaction was expressed with the development of relations in political, economic, investment, energy, transport, cultural and humanitarian fields.
The importance of mutual support within international organizations was noted.
Speaking about interregional cooperation, A. Asadov said: "Recently, contacts between individual cities and regions of our countries have intensified, which naturally has a very positive effect on the comprehensive development of Azerbaijan-Georgia relations."
It was brought to attention that in the past and current years, a number of cities and regions of the two countries, including Baku and Tbilisi, signed agreements on brotherhood. Considering this positive trend, an initiative was put forward to hold the Azerbaijan-Georgia interregional forum.
It was noted that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Georgia has increased, taking into account the great potential of both countries, the importance of implementing joint projects for further expansion of mutual trade was emphasized.
The parties emphasized the importance of increasing investment cooperation.
The importance of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was specially mentioned. "Commissioning of the railway at full capacity will serve the further prosperity and economic progress of our countries," said the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.
The relevance of the Middle Corridor (Trans-Caspian International Transport Route) was also emphasized, and the importance of increasing joint efforts to attract additional volumes of cargo to this route was brought to attention.
In this context, A. Asadov emphasized the importance of the Zangezur corridor as a part of the Middle Corridor. "This corridor will ensure the diversification of regional transport communications and connections," added the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan.
Development prospects in all directions of Azerbaijan-Georgia strategic partnership relations were widely discussed at the meeting.
At the end of the meeting, Prime Ministers Ali Asadov and Irakli Garibashvili signed the Protocol of the 9th meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Georgia.