By Vugar Khalilov
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov is visiting
Brussels to attend the 18th Azerbaijan-European Union Cooperation
Council meeting, Azernews reports, citing the ministry.
As part of the visit, Bayramov is expected to hold bilateral
meetings as well. The minister will meet with NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO Headquarters
In the meantime, ahead of the Brussels meeting of the top
diplomat, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and the European
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) on strategic cooperation in the energy field in
Baku, on July 18.
“Today's memorandum is not the first document which was signed
between us. We had MoU signed in 2006, and Joint Declaration on
Southern Gas Corridor signed in 2011. So, we have a good history
and good achievements. Energy projects initiated by Azerbaijan and
supported by the European Union and supported by our partners
completely changed the energy map of Europe. We started with oil
production, and then gas production, and the construction of an oil
pipeline that connected Caspian with the Black Sea and the
Mediterranean. Of course, the Southern Gas Corridor is a 3,500 km
long integrated pipeline system which brings our gas to European
Continent,” Aliyev said.
The EU and Azerbaijan are in active dialogue on increasing gas
supplies amid the energy crisis. A joint statement on energy
cooperation with the EU was signed more than ten years ago. The
EU-Azerbaijan energy cooperation had reached a new level and is
still ongoing within the framework of the Southern Gas Corridor.
The EU places a high value on energy supply diversification, and
the Southern Gas Corridor is particularly important in this
“MoU on a Strategic Partnership in the field of energy between
EU and Azerbaijan signed today by President Ilham Aliyev and
President Ursula von der Leyen, is a road map for future
cooperation and makes the energy partnership of the EU and
Azerbaijan even stronger. Azerbaijan reliable and trustworthy
partner!” Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Leyla
Abdullayeva wrote on her Twitter account.
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