Georgian Ambassador: "Successful regional cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia continues"-PHOTO

Zurab Pataradze, Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan

© APA | Zurab Pataradze, Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan

# 18 November 2022 21:08 (UTC +04:00)

Today, an event was held in Baku on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia, APA reports.

Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Zurab Pataradze, Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev, Head of State Security Service Colonel-General Ali Nagiyev, representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan and other persons attended the event.

Georgian ambassador highly appreciated the friendly and brotherly relations with Azerbaijan: "Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of diplomatic relations. Our friendly relations have a long history, our relations have passed great tests in the 20th century, and we have gained significant experience.

In 1991, both countries regained their independence and established diplomatic relations. Over the years, we have been successfully maintaining a strategic partnership based on mutual trust and respect. The territories of both countries are under occupation, we have always supported each other in this matter."

The ambassador noted that Russia's military operations in Ukraine have a negative impact on the world's security system: "We must try to maintain stability in our region."

The diplomat emphasized that the visit of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Georgia in October of this year made a special contribution to the development of cooperation between our countries in economic, political, commercial, cultural, and other fields: "The current geopolitical situation increases the importance of the South Caucasus. Many corridors pass through our region, and successful regional cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia continues within the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway projects."

Rashad Nabiyev said that friendly neighborliness, friendship, and strategic partnership relations between the countries based on mutual respect have grown, deepened, and are still developing today: "The course determined by the heads of state is the basis of our partnership. In this regard, we entered a new stage in the development of our relations with the official visit of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Georgia on October 24. Our countries cooperate in commercial-economic, investment, agriculture, transport-transit, communication, tourism, and other fields. In this regard, the joint Intergovernmental Commission on economic cooperation between our countries makes a positive contribution to the expansion of our relations. The projects in which both countries jointly participate are important in protecting the energy security not only of our countries but also of Europe and the region."

According to Rashad Nabiyev, both countries are successfully cooperating in the field of investment.

"Azerbaijan has invested 3.4 billion dollars in Georgia's economy, and Georgia has invested 260 million dollars. So far, more than 3200 Azerbaijani companies have been registered in Georgia. More than 700 Georgian companies operate in various fields in our country. More than 700 Georgian companies operate in various fields in our country. The successful activity of SOCAR in Georgia is the clearest example of our economic cooperation. However, there are great opportunities for expanding our economic agenda, and we will continue our joint efforts to take advantage of this potential."

Notably, diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on November 18, 1992. In February 1995, the Georgian embassy was opened in Baku, and in March 1996, the Azerbaijani embassy was opened in Tbilisi.