Azerbaijan changed energy map for the first time – President

Baku: “We have never used our energy resources as means of pressure and always supported transit and consumer countries”

Azerbaijan is the member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Azerbaijan was elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council with the support of 155 countries.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made the remarks at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Baku on May 4.

The head of state said that Azerbaijan protected the international law and justice within the UN Security Council.

“Azerbaijan’s pursued successful energy policy thanks to our friends and partners. Though we had huge resources, we were in need of capital and infrastructure. Azerbaijan had no access to the open sea, so we had to build pipelines. We connected the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean and Black Sea for the first time in history and Azerbaijan changed the energy map,” President Aliyev noted.

President said that energy security is today related with natural gas resources and Azerbaijan is a leading country in this process.

“We have initiated the projects of TANAP and TAP. The Southern Gas Corridor is the biggest infrastructure project that worth $45 billion. After the construction of the Southern Gas Corridor is completed, it will be energy supplier of Europe and our neighbors for 100 years.

Our policy is aimed at promoting regional cooperation. We prefer to cooperate within mutually beneficial principles. We have never used our energy resources as means of pressure and always supported transit and consumer countries,” stressed the head of state.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency