The Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Artur Rasizade, met Georgia’s Prime Minister and President in Tbilisi early on May 16 to highlight the importance of joint projects and their close partnership.
Baku-Supsa 20 years old
By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, May 17
Rasizade, who arrived in Georgia to mark the 20th anniversary of the Baku-Supsa pipeline through which oil is transported from Azerbaijan to coastal Georgia, said that joint projects were essential for the two countries’ economic advancement.
Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili told the Azerbaijani official that the opening of the pipeline 20 years ago had played a big role for the development of the Georgia-Azerbaijani relationship.
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Rasizade agreed that the two nations still had a “lot of potential’ for a closer partnership, especially in the fields of trade, economics, energy and transport.
The two also emphasised that Georgia and Azerbaijani play a significant role in international transit and energy projects.
The Georgian PM highlighted that Georgia, as a transit country, understands its transit role and responsibility, and will provide support to existing and future energy projects that would ensure transit route diversification to Europe and other foreign states.
The Baku-Supsa pipeline came into action in 1996. The length of the pipeline is 830 kilometers and it transits about 7 million tonnes of oil annually (about 140,000 barrel daily).