Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Azerbaijan would help Turkey meet a part of its natural gas need by offering necessary means.
Erdogan held a joint press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Nakhichevan following their tete-a-tete meeting as well as meetings between Turkish and Azerbaijani delegations.
"We have discussed bilateral relations on political, military, cultural, commercial and educational areas," Erdogan said.
"Mr. Aliyev and I share the same views regarding settlement of peace, stability, prosperity and cooperation in southern Caucasus," the Turkish Premier said.
Erdogan said that Turkey wanted Upper Karabakh problem to be solved within the scope of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and in line with the international laws.
Erdogan expressed pleasure over Azerbaijan's support to Turkish Cypriots.
He said that economic relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan and also Nakhichevan were developing. He added that Turkish investments in Azerbaijan reached 5.5 billion USD.
Erdogan said that foreign trade volume between Turkey and Azerbaijan was around 1.2 billion USD, and they aimed to increase it to 3 billion USD within the next two years.
Erdogan said that Turkey was the biggest commercial partner of Nakhichevan.
He said that Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline as well as Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline projects showed how strong the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan were. He added that Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project would be another important step.
Erdogan recalled that groundbreaking ceremony for the part on Turkish soil would be held in July.
Regarding energy cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan, Erdogan said that Azerbaijan would offer necessary facilities to meet a part of Turkey's natural gas need within the scope of Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum natural gas pipeline project.
Erdogan said that Azerbaijan extended support for Turkey's non-permanent membership to UN Security Council for 2009-2010 period. He added that Turkey also supported Azerbaijan's non-permanent membership to the Council for 2011-2012.
Also, Azerbaijan's President said that Turkey and his country had similar stances towards all issues.
Pointing to the historical and social importance of his meeting with Erdogan, Aliyev said, "Azerbaijan and Turkey's opinions on all issues completely tally with each other".
"Turkey played an important role for Nakhichevan, especially during the crisis in 1990's when the region was under siege (of Armenia)," Aliyev also said.
He said that economic and political issues, as well as joint projects were discussed during his talks with Erdogan.
Aliyev said they exchanged views regarding the status of oil and natural gas pipelines and the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku railway project during the meeting.
"Turkey is a strategical ally for Azerbaijan," Aliyev said, adding that his country was quite pleased with Turkey's efforts aiming at the lifting of the embargo over Nakhichevan.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Haziran 2008, 16:41