Natig Aliyev: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan reconsider relations

Baku: Today, the 12th meeting of Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission has been held in Baku.

Azerbaijani co-chairman of the Commission, Energy Minister Natig Aliyev said at the press conference that the relations between the two countries have been reconsidered: “Trade links between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan weakened. This does not reflect our potential and related to reasons not depending on us. Oil price decline affected both countries. Because both Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are countries of oil and both of them saw decline in revenues. However, we tried to find out new ways to change the situation. Therefore, today’s discussions focused on the development of non-oil sector. Both countries are interested in enhancement of transport infrastructure. Increase of sea transportation will raise the trade turnover”.

The Minister said that Azerbaijani side is establishing a logistic centre in Aktau and this centre will contribute to development of agricultural cooperation.

Kazakh co-chairman of the commission, Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik said the two countries have signed over 100 documents so far, of which most of them envisage oil, gas and energy sector. He added that Azerbaijani side was offered to exploit fields located in Kazakhstan part of the Caspian Sea.

Along with this, the Kazakh Minister underlined that the two countries should extend transport, agricultural and other cooperation.

SOURCE: AZERI-PRESS NEWS AGENCY