The strategic partnership between Bulgaria and the Republic of Azerbaijan and its future active development, with a special focus on the expansion of energy and transport relations, was discussed on Thursday by outgoing Prime Minister Kiril Petkov at a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev held at the Zagulba presidential residence in Baku, the Government InformationService said.
Petkov stressed that the economic cooperation between the two countries and energy issues occupy a central place in the common agenda of the two countries. “We see Azerbaijan as an important partner for the diversification of natural gas supplies and for enhancing energy security in Eastern and Southeastern Europe,” Petkov stressed. Due to its geostrategic position, Bulgaria has an important part in the process of facilitating energy, transport and trade links in the region. He highlighted the key role of the completion of the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector, the efforts made by the current government in this direction, as well as the importance of the LNG terminal near Alexandroupolis, in which Bulgaria participates with a 20% share.
The meeting between Petkov and Aliyev took place in the context of the marking the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Azerbajan several weeks ago.