Azerbaijani President: “The biggest sources of threat to the development of the region are the unresolved conflicts”

Baku: An official dinner reception has been hosted on behalf of President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili in honor of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Tbilisi.

The heads of state made speeches at the event.

Azerbaijani President expressed confidence that holding meetings and discussions, and also a joint declaration will contribute to the development and expansion of cooperation between two countries. “Our successful cooperation in the political, economic, energy, transport, investment, humanitarian and other spheres has wonderful results. However, I believe that there is great potential for further expansion of our economic relations and increasing trade turnover,” the President said.

The President stressed that Azerbaijan is one of the main trade partners of Georgia and the main investors in the country, “Azerbaijani companies are among the companies that pay the biggest taxes to the budget of Georgia. Together we have implemented large-scale energy and transport projects – the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, the Southern Gas Corridor, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars increase not only regional but also worldwide value of our countries. These projects not only serve the development of the region, but also is an important contribution to the restoration of the historic Silk Road. Azerbaijan, along with its partners, plays an important role in ensuring Europe’s needs for energy. We have already proved that we are a reliable partner and to ensure continuous, stable and safe operation of oil- gas and transport infrastructure, realized by our joint efforts, is important for all parties. ”

President Ilham Aliyev also noted that relations continue also in the humanitarian sphere: “Azerbaijanis living in Georgia and Georgians living in Azerbaijan play a role of bridge in the development of relations in this field. From this point of view, to ensure their active participation in social and political life are very important for further strengthening the friendship and cooperation between our peoples and countries. Our countries also cooperate closely in the framework of the UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation, GUAM and other organizations. Continuing multilateral cooperation based on mutual support in international and regional organizations is of particular importance. ”

The head of state stressed that the biggest sources of threat to the development of the region are the unresolved conflicts: ” For more than 20 years Azerbaijan underwent military aggression by Armenia, which resulted in the occupation of 20 percent of our historical territories – Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 adjacent districts. In these areas policy of ethnic cleansing was pursued, more than one million people became refugees and internally displaced persons. International organizations have expressed their position on the conflict. There are four UN Security Council resolutions related to the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, relevant decisions and resolutions of the OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement and other international organizations. However, aggressive Armenia ignores international law, does not comply with the decisions of international organizations. Our strong position is that the conflict must be resolved only within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in accordance with international law. “

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