(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 2. An Austrian online
newspaper published an titled 'President Ilham Aliyev turned
Azerbaijan into a serious energy power', dedicated to the visit of
President Ilham Aliyev to Bulgaria to participate in the opening
ceremony of the Greece-Bulgaria Gas Interconnector (IGB), as well
as the prospects for developing relations with both Bulgaria, and
with the European Union as a whole.
The article notes that the steps taken by President Ilham Aliyev
to date in the field of ensuring the energy security of Europe
contribute to strengthening the international reputation of the
state, and also make a great contribution to building the image of
a reliable partner.
According to the article, the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to
Bulgaria is significant in this regard for several reasons.
Firstly, the steps taken by the head of state in the field of
realizing the country's energy potential and expanding new
strategic partnerships fully resonate with the country's national
interests. Secondly, do not forget that Bulgaria is a member of the
European Union and the NATO bloc, and this, in turn, makes building
relations in this direction of particular importance. As a
confirmation of the deepening relations between the two countries,
the article mentions the joint declaration 'On the strategic
partnership between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of
Bulgaria', which was signed during the visit of President Ilham
Aliyev to Bulgaria in 2015. Thirdly, the development of relations
with Bulgaria can be assessed as a trigger that will further
promote the expansion of relations between Azerbaijan and the
European Union. Fourthly, the strategic position of Azerbaijan on
the Caspian Sea and Bulgaria on the Black Sea is also another
significant foundation factor that can open a new window of
It is emphasized that Azerbaijan already plays the role of an
important player that is actively involved in the processes of
redrawing the energy map of Europe, and that a striking example of
this is the launch of the TAP and TANAP projects laid down many
years ago, which is presented in the publication as a result of the
successful and far-sighted policy of President Ilham Aliyev .
The article said that IGB will also help increase the volume of
transportation from Azerbaijan to Europe.
Moreover, the Middle Corridor project is also mentioned, as well
as the East-West transit corridor, in the implementation of which
both countries are extremely interested, and confidence is
expressed that all necessary efforts will be made to implement the
It is concluded that all the above significant events once again
confirm how the countries of Europe, which have an important
strategic position, are interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan
and are ready to continue to maintain the existing dynamics of
expansion. Moreover, it is emphasized that all these initiatives of
the head of state serve as a huge contribution to strengthening the
geopolitical positions of Azerbaijan.
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