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Sofia, Baku Strengthen Energy Ties

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Sofia, Baku Strengthen Energy Ties

"Southern Gas Corridor to link our two countries is a large transnational gas project, said Ilham Aliev

(October 13, 2017 Sofia)  "Energy is the area that will connect us many years ahead and Bulgaria confirms its support for the construction of the Southern Gas Corridor, in whose implementation Azerbaijan has a key role to play.

In this way, we will have a real diversification of energy sources and routes for natural gas in Southern and Central Europe, "said Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev, during his official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

"We have confirmed our mutual interest in the development of the transport and gas corridors between Asia and Europe, where Bulgaria and Azerbaijan have a strategic position, and we must take all the ensuing benefits, "Radev stressed during his joint statements with President Aliyev.

On his part, Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of improving cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy.
"The Southern Gas Corridor that will connect the two countries is a large transnational gas project that has been estimated at $ 40 billion, with seven countries taking part in it. Gas Shah Deniz 2 in Azerbaijan will be supplying natural gas to Bulgaria," Ilham Aliyev said, adding that when Azerbaijani gas entered the Bulgarian market, it would open new perspectives for cooperation between the two countries.
Mr. Aliyev went on to say that Azeri companies were ready to take part in the gasification of the Bulgarian households.

"The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Bulgaria and Ezerbajian was signed two years ago. It provides for the development of the Bulgarian-Azerbaijani partnership in all areas of mutual interest," President Radev said.

"The good news is that the Azerbaijan's leadership is planning to launch a direct flight between Baku and Sofia from January 1st 2018, when Bulgaria takes over the EU Council presidency. The Republic of Bulgaria reaffirms its support for Azerbaijan with regard to a new Comprehensive Agreement with the European Union, " he went on.

The Azerbaijani President announced on his part that the Baku - Tbilisi - Kars railway route will be operational in the near future and expressed hopes that Bulgaria will take an active part in this project.

During the statements, the Bulgarian head of state emphasized that Bulgaria supports the European Union's efforts under the Eastern Partnership and make the region stable, secure and prosperous.

"In recent years, we have intensified the development of bilateral educational, scientific and cultural ties," President Radev said.
He thanked President Aliyev for the financial support of the Foundation for Heritage of Heydar Aliyev for restoration and conservation of the Trapezitsa Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo.

In turn, Ilham Aliyev noted that it is important that the two countries also cooperate in the field of agriculture and education.

"With regard to security, I invited the Republic of Azerbaijan to participate in the training programs of Bulgarian higher education institutions and in particular of the Military Academy" G. S. Rakovski, "the Bulgarian president stressed, adding that Bulgaria is the center of stability in the Balkans and the Black Sea region.

The visit of the Bulgarian president began with an official reception ceremony at Zahulba Residence where, together with the President of Azerbaijan, they reviewed the Honorary Company and held a "ne-to-one meeting. Then the two Presidents chaired the plenary talks between the official delegations of the two countries.

In Baku, Rumen Radev laid wreaths at the monument of Heydar Aliyev and at the Alley of the Martyrs.

During his visit, President Radev also held meetings with Azerbaijan Prime Minister Arthur Rasizade and with Deputy Speaker Ziayat Asgerov.

Later in the day Rumen Radev visited and met the activities of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid.
The building houses a museum, a library, conference rooms and cultural events.

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