Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the Zagulba Presidential Palace in Baku today on her first regional trip as president.
This is my first official visit as the president in the region and I am meeting with the president of a country with which we are linked by centuries-old cooperation and partnership,” Zurabishvili said.
Great words of #friendship and #cooperation from @presidentaz Ilham Aliyev. "Congratulations on your recent election. The fact that you visit #Baku such short time after your election is evidence that you are dedicated to friendly relations between our two countries."???????????????? pic.twitter.com/BCezKAZLXK— Khatia Moistsrapishvili (@GeoPressSpeaker) February 27, 2019
Zurabishvili stated that the two countries started a new, independent life together after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
We together regained independence and have suffered similar tragedies over the past several years. We are still suffering the occupation of our territories. The occupation lines still remain as open wounds to us which on the one hand prevent our development but on the other hand, we managed to strengthen our states and their economies,” Zurabishvili said.
Just concluded a successful press conference with @presidentaz Aliyev, where we emphasized how crucial and friendly the relations between #Azerbaijan and #Georgia are. ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/Ignpc7tFSF— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) February 27, 2019
Zurabishvili stated that Georgia and Azerbaijan have created a regional “safe energy corridor.”
We are together carrying ou projects which are of high importance for the region and the world,” Zurabishvili said.
Aliyev stated that his country “gives high importance” to Zurabishvili’s visit.
I am sure that the visit will further strengthen our ties,” Aliyev said.
It is so important for the world to see the regional #stability in our relationship with #Azerbaijan. The transport #corridor from the #Caspian to the #BlackSea is one of the world’s most crucial and full of potential for international investment. pic.twitter.com/1LeZp3MRu9— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) February 27, 2019
He said that Georgia and Azerbaijan show solidarity in terms of each other’s territorial problems in all international organizations.
“It is important that we encourage stronger cooperation based on our centuries-old friendship,” Aliyev said.