Monday, May 20

Aliyev named the factors that will further strengthen the ties between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria

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The President of Azerbaijan made a statement to the press following a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart in Baku.

Thanks to Azerbaijani investments, the modernization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was fully completed a few days ago, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a press statement following a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev in Baku.
He stressed that the capacity of the BTK has increased several times.

“This project, initiated by Azerbaijan at the time, will play an important role as a significant segment of the Middle Corridor due to the expanded opportunities today. The transportation of even larger volumes of goods along the East-West corridor and in the opposite direction will further strengthen our relations,” Aliyev said.

According to him, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria has recently increased several times, which was facilitated by cooperation in the energy sector.
The President also noted that the export of Azerbaijani gas to Bulgaria is growing year by year.

“Last year, 1 billion 250 million cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas were transported to the Bulgarian market. For comparison, I can say that in 2022 this figure was only 600 million,” Aliyev stressed.

According to the head of state, Azerbaijan is working very actively with partner countries, including Bulgaria, on the transmission of “green” electricity.
The feasibility study of this project, which will be ready in a few months, will be an excellent basis for starting work, the Azerbaijani leader believes.
“Thus, Azerbaijan will prove itself as a supplier to Europe not only of oil and gas, but also of “green” energy. The potential is quite wide, and we will also talk about it at the SOR29 conference at the end of the year,” Aliyev said.
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The official welcoming ceremony of Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who arrived in Azerbaijan on an official visit, took place in Baku.
A guard of honor was formed in honor of the distinguished guest on the square, where the national flags of the two countries were flying.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and First Lady Desislava Radeva.
The head of the guard of honor gave a report to the President of Bulgaria.
The national anthems of the two countries were played.
The Azerbaijani delegation was represented by Rumen Radev and Desislava Radeva, and the Bulgarian delegation was represented by Ilham Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva.
A guard of honor marched in front of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Bulgaria to the sounds of a military march.
The heads of state took pictures for the official photo.
It should be noted that the Bulgarian president arrived in Azerbaijan on an official visit on May 7.

source:  https://az.sputniknews.ru/20240508/v-baku-sostoyalas-tseremoniya-ofitsialnoy-vstrechi-prezidenta-bolgarii-464467815.html

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