Elmar Mammadyarov: “Azerbaijan and Turkey are acting in coordination in pursing foreign policy”

Elmar Mammadyarov: “Azerbaijan and Turkey are acting in coordination in pursing foreign policy”
# 30 December 2012 11:13 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Victoria Dementeva – APA. “Azerbaijan and Turkey are two countries united by fraternal and historical ties. We are proud to say that the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey are at the highest level,” Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said in his interview to a group of information agencies, APA reports.

The minister recalled that Azerbaijan and Turkey supported each other at bilateral, regional and international levels and were acting in coordination in pursing the foreign policy: “The High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council was established between the two countries on September 15, 2010 and one of the major tasks lying ahead is the implementation of the matters arising from the declaration of this Council. The high-level meetings of the Council have already been held in Izmir and Gabala and we are working towards the diversification of our cooperation. The agreement signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey on the implementation of TANAP project shows the great potential in joint activities of our countries.”

The minister mentioned that the two countries have already agreed on the construction of the Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline project (TANAP): “The gas agreement signed in Izmir last year envisages constructing a new pipeline for transportation of Azerbaijani gas through Turkey. SOCAR, BOTAS and Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) have established joint Consortium on the basis of the memorandum on the TANAP project. The other international oil-gas companies will participate in the construction of the pipeline in the future. “TANAP will have a great importance in the future as a reliable source in ensuring energy security of Europe.”

Elmar Mammadyarov said that the cooperation between the two countries is not restricted to the TANAP project: “Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan laid the foundation of the new oil refinery “Star” of Petkim company in Izmir last year. The joint investment in Petkim and TANAP project will be about $15-20 billion. Azerbaijan is currently actively investing in the Turkish economy.”

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