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Perspectives of AzerbaijanRussiaIran trilateral cooperation discussed in Moscow

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Round table on perspectives of Azerbaijan – Russia – Iran trilateral cooperation held in Moscow, APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.

Members of Russian Federal Council, prominent political, military experts and political scientists have participated in the event held at the Institute for Strategic Initiatives.

Sergey Markov, director of Institute of Political Studies, political scientist said that trilateral cooperation will help technological-economic development of the countries: “There are some aspects here. First aspect is based on “North-South” transport corridor which is key project of the trilateral cooperation. This corridor belongs to high technological development. Russia. Azerbaijan and Iran are transit countries. “North-South” transport corridor joins two big technological regions – south of India to the Northern Europe”.

Second aspect is the development of the Caspian region. This region is generally directed to the development of the oil and gas capacity. Alongside, bio-resource potential of the Caspian region is not realized. Bio-resources of the Caspian Sea are badly exploited. This issue is raised in all world countries. In my opinion, as the Caspian Sea is a closed water basin, it is an ideal case in resolution of appropriation of bio-resources. It will be perspective to create transnational corporation by Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

Grigory Trofimchuk, Chairman of the Expert Council of the Eurasian Foundation for Support of Scientific Research stated about the cooperation perspectives of trilateral format not only in the region, but also in large scale: “For example, Azerbaijan is considered as the center of Caspian region, South Caucasus, central Asia and even Middle East. Russia–Azerbaijan–Iran trinity will create an opportunity to hold a position not only economic and political framework and not only along North-South vertical, but also West-East horizontal.

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Southern Gas Corridor to bring needed diversification of supply to Europe Intl Gas Union

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Southern Gas Corridor project, which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, will bring needed diversification of supply to Europe, the International Gas Union (IGU) told Trend.

The Southern Gas Corridor project is a welcomed development for diversification of supplies into Europe, according to IGU.

"Domestic production in Europe is on the decline and more imports will be needed. Projects such as the Southern Gas Corridor not only bring more needed supply to Europe, but they also bring needed diversification of supply thus enhancing the security of supply," said IGU.

The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku on May 29, 2018, while opening ceremony of TANAP was held on June 12, 2018, in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor – from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) were connected on the Turkish-Greek border.

The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931. It is a worldwide non-profit organization registered in Vevey, Switzerland with the Secretariat currently located in Barcelona, Spain.

The mission of IGU is to advocate gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The more than 160 members of IGU are associations and corporations of the gas industry representing over 95% of the global gas market. The working organization of IGU covers the complete value of gas chain from exploration and production, transmission via pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as distribution and combustion of gas at the point of use.

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Azerbaijani FM meets Holy Sees secretary in Vatican

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As part of his official visit to the Vatican, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State.

At the meeting, the sides expressed their satisfaction with the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the Vatican.
Referring to the significant projects implemented with the direct support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Gallagher highly appreciated the restoration of a number of historical monuments in the Vatican.

In turn, Mammadyarov noted that Azerbaijan has historically been a place where the representatives of different cultures and religions co-exist peacefully. The minister reiterated that on the basis of national traditions of tolerance Azerbaijan promotes the ideas of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect, and multiculturalism in the world.

At the meeting Mammadyarov briefed his counterpart about the settlement process of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, just and fair position of Azerbaijan, as well as Armenia’s plundering and destruction policy of the cultural heritage of Azerbaijani people in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

At the meeting, the sides also exchanged their views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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President Ilham Aliyev congratulates his Chilean counterpart

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera Echenique.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and the people of your country on the occasion of the national day of the Republic of Chile-Independence Day,” Ilham Aliyev said in his letter.

“I hope that bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Chile will continue developing and expanding in the spirit of friendship and cooperation to the benefit of our nations. On this remarkable day, I extend my best regards to you, and wish the people of your country everlasting peace and prosperity.”

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