President Ilham Aliyev received European Commission delegation

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger.

The head of state recalled his previous meetings with Gunther Oettinger in Baku and during various international events.

President Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of the inauguration of the Southern Gas Corridor, and noted that it is of great importance in terms of Azerbaijans ensuring European energy security. The President hailed the support of the European Union and contribution of Gunther Oettinger to the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Gunther Oettinger extended greetings of President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to the head of state. He also wished the head of state success in his new presidential term, and extended his congratulations on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and the inauguration of the Southern Gas Corridor. Gunther Oettinger recalled his previous fruitful meetings with President Ilham Aliyev. Touching upon the importance of the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor, Gunther Oettinger described it as a very important event and noted the significance of this corridor in terms of connecting Azerbaijan and the region with Europe. He said that the Southern Gas Corridor is of global importance and the implementation of this corridor will stimulate the development of transport, agriculture, ICT and tourism sectors in Azerbaijan and the region. Gunther Oettinger expressed his confidence that the European Commission will continue to support Azerbaijans global and regional projects, which will link the European Union with other regions of the world.

They expressed hope that talks on a new partnership agreement between Azerbaijan and the European Union will end successfully soon and cover cooperation in political, economic, humanitarian, cultural and all other fields. They noted the fruitful cooperation with the European Union in the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor, and exchanged views over the issues related to energy, investment, establishment and development of transport corridors and increasing trade.

President Ilham Aliyev thanked for the greetings of Jean-Claude Juncker and asked Gunther Oettinger to extend his greetings to the President of the European Commission.