President Ilham Aliyev: The Caspian is a sea of good-neighborliness, a sea of cooperation

President Ilham Aliyev: The Caspian is a sea of good-neighborliness, a sea of cooperation
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There is already a trilateral format of cooperation involving Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey, and another involving Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. This cooperation is aimed at a specific result, at creating more favorable conditions for doing business and for the implementation of large infrastructure projects, said said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a meeting through video conferencing with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in connection with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of Turkmenistan on joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources of the “Dostlug” field in the Caspian Sea..

Of course, I would like to emphasize the progressive development of Turkmenistan under your wise leadership, dear Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich. You confidently lead your country along the path of development, solving the most important problems of social life and infrastructure projects that are not limited to the borders of your state. I am also aware of your investment policy in neighboring countries. Without this, it would be impossible to implement the Lapis-Lazuli project today. Many may not know that it was precisely as a result of the wise policy of Turkmenistan on investments in neighboring Afghanistan that the railway was built, and today it ensures the delivery of goods from Afghanistan through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and beyond. Therefore, I would like to note that it is our common approach to cooperation with countries of the region and the solution of issues that are important both for us and for our neighbors that have created completely new realities today. The Caspian, as you noted, is a sea of good-neighborliness, a sea of cooperation. Today, we as two independent energy powers are making another contribution to strengthening cooperation in the Caspian. I am sure that the Caspian Sea will continue – although it is a natural border between our countries – to unite our countries and peoples. Taking this opportunity, I would like to ask you to convey to the brotherly people of Turkmenistan the best wishes for prosperity, development, peace and well-being.

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