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Azerbaijani president attends Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council meeting
The second Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting started in Baku on Feb. 29. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the meeting. Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President for Energy Union, Berat Albayrak, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Amos Hochstein, US Special Envoy for Energy Affairs of the US Department of State, Edmund Hosker, Director General for International Energy Issues of the UK Energy and Climate Change Department, Claudio De Vincenti, State Secretary of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic and others were also participating in the event.
“US – Azerbaijan Relations: Shared Goals for a Stable, Prosperous Future”
U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Robert F. Cekuta writes: “The United States has always firmly supported Azerbaijan’s long term stability and prosperity. Moreover, Americans want a long lasting relationship with Azerbaijan and are with Azerbaijanis for the long haul. A stable and prosperous Azerbaijan is essential for advancing those same goals of stability and prosperity regionally and globally, whether in terms of fighting terrorism, building corridors of trade and economic prosperity along both new and old routes, or working to increase the stability and diversity of global energy sources and supply routes. In a region that is seeing rapid change in very uncertain times, Azerbaijan’s importance as an anchor of stability is as crucial as ever”.
Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council joint declaration signed
Following the second Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Meeting in Baku Feb. 29, the participants of the meeting have signed a joint declaration. The document emphasized the intention to develop and deepen prolonged strategic relations between the producers of energy resources, transit countries and consumers for reliable, secure and consistent provision of European markets with energy resources of Azerbaijan.
Israel and Azerbaijan: More than just a pragmatic approach
The Jerusalem Post
Head of International Society Projects, an Israeli NGO, Arye Gut writes: “The relationships between Israel and Azerbaijan, and Muslim Azerbaijanis and Azerbaijani Jews, cannot be explained away by simple mutual self-interest. Common values and a shared history permeate the modern relationship. Both countries are enriched by the human connections between them and a determination to live in diverse and religiously tolerant societies. As a citizen of the State of Israel, it is clear to me that the leadership of Azerbaijan has not only incorporated attitudes toward Jews that transcend mere tolerance into its policies, but also into the fabric of its society”.
President Aliyev receives US State Department’s special envoy
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation led by the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the US State Department Amos Hochstein.
Southern Gas Corridor - form of true diversification of Europe’s energy security
The Southern Gas Corridor project is a form of true diversification of Europe’s energy security, said the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the US State Department Amos Hochstein.
Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says: “The Southern Gas Corridor is more than energy diversification and EU energy security for us. It is also about enlarging and deepening political, economic and social ties with a number of partners in a wider region that can contribute to its implementation: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Albania, of course the EU Members States linked directly with it – Greece, Italy and Bulgaria – and hopefully others from your Region and ours, namely in the Western Balkans. On behalf of the EU, I thank Azerbaijan for its driving role in taking this major regional project forward”.
The Holocaust and the Khojaly massacre through the eyes of contemporaries
Jewish News Service
Head of International Society Projects, an Israeli NGO, Arye Gut writes: “Azerbaijan has for millennia been a safe haven for a wide array of diverse peoples fleeing persecution and oppression, perhaps most notably, the Jews. Today, the close bilateral relations of Israel and Azerbaijan—owing much to the hundreds of thousands of Jewish Azerbaijanis who left during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, only to return to a free and prosperous Azerbaijan—provide an interreligious, geopolitical, and cultural map for how Jews and Muslims can and do act toward one another and how they can and do coexist”.
Remembering the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre
Twenty-four years ago the people of Azerbaijan witnessed what the Human Rights Watch later described as the "largest massacre to date in the conflict" between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces, backed by a former Soviet 366th Motor Rifle Regiment, attacked the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly slaughtering over 600 civilians, including many children, women and elderly. Hundreds more were wounded; some are still missing.
Maros Sefcovic highlights timely implementation of Southern Gas Corridor
Volatility of the energy market makes it clear that the Southern Gas Corridor project must be completed on time, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice-president for Energy Union, said at a press conference in Baku.
Expected time of TAP groundbreaking ceremony revealed
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is expected to take place in late May-early June 2016 in Greek city of Thessaloniki, TAP Managing Director Ian Bradshaw said. He made the remarks during the second Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Ministerial Meeting.
President Aliyev: Azerbaijan-PACE partnership to further advance to new level
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Pedro Agramunt. The president congratulated Agramunt on his election as president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and described his visiting Azerbaijan shortly after his election as a good sign of the bilateral cooperation.