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FM: Azerbaijani, Turkish, Georgian presidents’ summit under preparation

06 September 2017 [12:51] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Amina Nazarli

The sixth trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia kicked off in Baku on September 6.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze have voiced proposals to deepen the trilateral cooperation and develop the region.

The three ministers have agreed to prepare a summit of presidents of three countries.

“The countries also agreed to develop a road map for further cooperation,” Mammadyarov said at a briefing following the trilateral meeting.

"Interesting and fruitful talks were held,” he said. “The three countries are implementing many regional projects and we have discussed the stage of their implementation."

Mammadyarov further said that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway construction project will be implemented till late 2017.

The BTK railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. Peak capacity of the railway will be at 17 million tons of cargo per year.

"There is a need for this project, as well as the necessary volume of cargo transportation," he added. “Three countries also intend to use other ways of cargo transportation."

"We also discussed the issues of cooperation in ICT, energy and other spheres,” the minister added. “We also signed an action plan for 2017-2019, which will cover cooperation in all spheres."

In turn, Cavusoglu said that Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia intend to raise economic relations to a new level.

Cavusoglu added that the trilateral formats are making an important contribution to the development of regional cooperation.

Baku, Ankara and Tbilisi intend to give a new impetus to relations, Janelidze said, stressing that  Tbilisi seeks to expand cooperation with Baku and Ankara both at the bilateral level and in the regional format.

Regional projects cover a wider scope, he said, adding that the success achieved in the implementation of major regional projects makes great contribution to regional security.

The Georgian foreign minister also noted that the three countries successfully cooperate in the international arena, support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of one another, and cooperate fruitfully in this field at various venues.

The first meeting of this format was held in Trabzon on June 8, 2012. The second one was held on March 28, 2013 in Batumi, during which the parties developed an action plan for sectoral cooperation in 2013-2015 years. The third meeting took place in Ganja on February 19, 2014, the fourth - on December 10 of the same year in Kars, and finally, the fifth meeting was held in Tbilisi on February 19, 2016.


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