Azerbaijan intends to export electricity to international markets, and of course, our route will pass through Georgia – through the Caspian Sea, we have the opportunity to export 157 megawatts, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, said at the briefing after his meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili.
He noted that the potential of cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan will increase.
“This is the indicator established by international calculations and forecasts. We believe that this will be a new target landmark. As in other directions, we believe that Azerbaijan and Georgia will successfully cooperate in this direction as well. In general, the potential of our cooperation and prosperity will increase.
“I should also emphasize the fact that cargo turnover between Georgia and Azerbaijan has increased by 75%. Baku-Tbilisi-Kars may also be used to load 5 million tons, and next year we will invest more capital in this corridor. We are going to use this route to carry cargo to Europe via the Caspian through Azerbaijan and Georgia, and develop new routes. It is in the interest of all countries to increase the direction of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and to use the ports of Georgia in order to take cargo from Central Asia to Europe. We believe that we have the opportunity to increase this potential. A new reality is being formed and we must be ready for it.
“Baku international trade seaport and its potential will grow, and more investments will be made. In this regard, we should closely cooperate with Georgia in the transport direction, because this should be a joint effort. In order to develop transportation capabilities, we must develop relations with our neighbors, otherwise we cannot be a reliable transit country. We have Georgia as a friend, neighbor and strategic partner.
“In general, taking into account the fact that the demand for energy carriers is growing, Georgia and Azerbaijan are represented on the same front. We will work together so that our national interests – the interests of two brotherly nations – create such important relations that will bring benefits to the world. Our friendship is the basis of this. I thank the Prime Minister for inviting me to this beautiful place. I want to wish eternal prosperity to our brotherly Georgian nation,” said Ilham Aliyev.