“During the 30 years of diplomatic relations we have enjoyed between the United States and the Republic of Azerbaijan, we have become strong partners in combatting transnational threats, advancing energy security, and encouraging bilateral trade and investment. As you host the International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition in Baku, I want to assure you that Azerbaijan continues to have a committed partner in the United States,” US President Joe Biden says in his letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, which was read at the official opening of the 27th Baku Energy Forum.
The head of the White House points out that at a time when the world is at an important juncture in ensuring our energy security, we are making the necessary investments and changes to meet our longer-term commitments to the clean energy transition.
“Diversification is more important than ever in addressing our energy security goals, and Azerbaijan has played a central role in regional efforts toward this goal. Azerbaijan is also critical to realizing the immense potential of trans-Caspian cooperation to help stabilize markets in the region and globally. And Azerbaijan is playing a crucial role in helping stabilize European energy security, including though the Southern Gas Corridor and by providing crucial fuel supplies to Ukraine,” Biden says.
The US president also welcomed Ilham Aliyev’s steps to help achieve Azerbaijan’s full potential, including by promoting a diversified economy, contributing to global goals to fight climate change by investing in renewable energy sources, strengthening the rule of law and accountability, and improving the standard of living of the Azerbaijani people.
“The United States is committed to our continued partnership and cooperation,” Joe Biden concludes.