Azerbaijani Politics 13 june — 00:33

Ilham Aliyev: TANAP is another victory of Turkey and Azerbaijan

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TANAP is another victory for Turkey and Azerbaijan, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during his speech on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the Trans-Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) in the Turkish city of Eskisehir, informs the press-service of the head of state.

'My dear brother, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Dear Presidents, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, I want to express my satisfaction that I am again in fraternal Turkey. We in Azerbaijan are very pleased with the successes that Turkey has achieved under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Thanks to the tireless activity of President Erdogan, Turkey has become a great power on a global scale,' said President Ilham Aliyev.

The head of the Azerbaijani state stressed that Turkey is a country that determines the world agenda.

'The commissioning of TANAP is a proof of fraternal relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan. This is our victory. We are writing the energy history of the 21st century. TANAP is a project of cooperation and stability. Its implementation became possible due to the joint political will of the leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey,' said the Azerbaijani leader.

'Any project put forward on our initiative is being implemented, because behind this is a strong political will, cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey. I note that Azerbaijan's investments in Turkey in the near future will reach $20 billion,' said Ilham Aliyev.

'TANAP agreement was signed in 2011 in Turkey. TANAP is a complex project that unites 7 countries. TANAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor project, which consists of 4 elements - Shahdeniz-2, South Caucasus Pipeline, TANAP and TAP. TAP has already been completed by 72%.

The total investment cost of the Southern Gas Corridor project is estimated at $40 billion. The Southern Gas Corridor is of great importance from the point of view of diversification of energy supply. The Southern Gas Corridor provides for the supply of Azerbaijani natural gas to Turkey and Europe and represents a new format for cooperation in Eurasia. In the future, 3 countries will take part in the project as partners. We must do a lot of work for the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe,' said the Azerbaijani leader.

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