"Multicultural society with its deep historical roots makes Azerbaijan an “island of peace and prosperity," Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said it at the 4th Eastern Partnership Summit, SIA reports
According to the Minister, since 2004 GDP grew 3.5 times which is a record figure in the world. In the last 11 years the volume of investments reached 180 billion USD. Our foreign exchange reserves which stood at 1.8 billion USD in 2004 now exceed 50 billion USD. The economic ratings of influential international organizations confirm that Azerbaijan is a front-runner in terms of possessing sustainable economic growth in the region. All these developments contribute to the modernization of the country which goes hand-in-hand with consistent political reforms. Azerbaijan acknowledges that vibrant civil society and community participation can take an active role in democratic consolidation and economic prosperity in the country. Political stability is our prized asset which creates further advantages to foster our cooperation with our worldwide partners.
"Multicultural society with its deep historical roots makes Azerbaijan an “island of peace and prosperity”. Today, all ethnicities and religions enjoy equal rights and privileges in Azerbaijan. We are convinced that there is no any alternative to promotion of multiculturalism. Modern world cannot afford self-alienation and isolation which can lead to violence and strife. Azerbaijan is ready to share its historic experience and cooperate with its European partners in the field of promotion of multiculturalism. Strategic partnership in the field of energy evolves remarkably especially thanks to numerous joint initiatives spearheaded by Azerbaijan in the margins of the realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. The groundbreaking ceremonies of the Southern Gas Corridor in Baku followed by similar event for TANAP in Kars, Turkey was a leap forward in tackling infrastructure related issues." added Azerbaijani Minister.
Foreign Minister highlighted that it should be mentioned that the mutual trust, confidence and support of the respective governments as well as effective communication among the companies involved are major prerequisites of successful and timely realization of the Southern Gas Corridor. In this regard, Azerbaijan convened the first meeting of Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor countries in Baku with presence of EU and international financial institutions. The Southern Gas Corridor will serve the overarching aim of the Energy Union through which the EU wants to ensure a secure, reliable and uninterrupted energy for its citizens. Therefore, Azerbaijan is looking forward to increased support of the EU to the realization of this project which will bring new volumes from new sources.
"Successful cooperation in the field of energy has enormous potential to guide both Azerbaijan and the EU to upgrade bilateral contractual relations to strategic level. The growing number of strategic partner countries in the EU is an inspiration and strong incentive in this regard, "noted Elmar Mammadyarov.