PRIME MINISTERS OF GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN MEET IN BAKU TODAY
Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia met Novruz Mammadov, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan in Baku today. Parties discussed the high level political relations and various aspects of strategic partnership, need to further deepen the trade and economic links between the two countries. Significance of joint efforts was noted for a greater utilization of full potential towards this end.
Face to face meeting was followed with negotiations at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan in an extended format, which involved the government members of both countries.
Discussions were related to projects of regional significance, which are implemented jointly by Georgia and Azerbaijan. Also, fruitful cooperation was noted in various sectors. Large transport and energy projects were underlined, which will significantly contribute to the energy security of Europe upon their implementation. They will thereby bring additional economic benefit to the countries of the region.
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Mamuka Bakhtadze and COSCO Shipping Chairman Discuss Potential Investment Projects
Georgia's investment opportunities and possible avenues of cooperation were discussed today by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Chairman Xu Lirong of the COSCO Shipping Corporation. The meeting was held under the World Economic Forum in Davos.
As it was pointed out, the Government of Georgia pays special attention to the development of new transport corridors to provide the fastest and safest alternative cargo movement route between Europe and Asia.
The Chairman of the COSCO Corporation emphasized Georgia's crucial role in the trade between Europe and Asia and welcomed the Georgian Government's efforts dedicated to furthering the country's transit function.
COSCO Shipping expressed readiness to cooperate in the future and to study the opportunities offered by Georgia's maritime transport.
COSCO Shipping is a large Chinese state-owned corporation with its headquarters in Shanghai. The corporation is engaged in the supply chain and transport industries. Its annual revenues make up 14 billion USD, and the number of employees exceeds 21,000.
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Death toll rises to four as 4-year-old child dies in Tbilisi explosion
A four-year-old child has died in hospital after a Tbilisi residential building explosion rocked Tbilisi several hours ago. Doctors say the child was in a critical condition when he was brought to Imedi Clinic.
Among the injured are six minors and two middle-age individuals-a man and a woman, based on the latest information.
Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze has declared 17 January as a mourning day.
Flags on state buildings will fly at half-staff tomorrow.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who visited the injured children in the Iashvili Clinic, stated that their lives are not at risk.
She said that she is deeply touched by the huge tragedy and offered her condolences to the families of those who died.
The local authorities will accommodate them until the building is checked for safety and mandatory works are done.
Three people have been killed and at least five injured in a powerful explosion in the Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi about two hours ago – among the injured four are children.
A gas leak may have caused the explosion. Nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast, locals say.
The evacuation of people from the building where the explosion took place has ended.
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze are at the scene.
Health Minister David Sergeenko told the media that the health condition of two minors is satisfactory, while the condition of two others is critical. One has a skull trauma, but fortunately there is no need of surgical intervention. Another is being transported from the Imedi clinic and his health condition, as far as I know, is critical,” Sergeenko said.
Residents told the media that there was a strong gas smell present in the building throughout the day. Employees of gas provider company Kaztransgas came to the building to check for a leak, but left the scene after finding that nothing was wrong with the gas infrastructure
Patrol police, rescuers and emergency brigades are at the scene.
The staircase inside the building has been destroyed, as well as the walls of several flats.
A residential building has exploded due to an alleged gas leak in Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi.
Three deaths have been confirmed, several have been hospitalised.
Rescue workers are currently trying to extinguish the fire and evacuate people from the building.
Prime Minister Congratulates Salome Zurabishvili on Wining Presidential Election
As Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze told journalists today, Georgia has once again proved to be a thriving democracy.
The Head of Government visited Salome Zurabishvili's c after the Central Election Commission published the presidential election's preliminary results. He congratulated the independent candidate on victory and declared trust, also thanking voters for their activity.
"I express my deepest gratitude to every voter. The level of activity was quite high, indeed. At the same time, I have also stated that each of us has received very important messages in both the first round and the runoff. There are many challenges in Georgia. We are facing problems that we must solve, overcome together. I also congratulated Salome Zurabishvili on gaining trust of our population, and I wished her success. Georgia has its own national interests, and these interests must be served constantly. Above all else, our national interests include the de-occupation of Georgia's territories, of course, and our European and Euro-Atlantic integration. At the same time, it is equally important to put an end to poverty in Georgia once and for all. To this end, we need consolidation, oneness of mind, and I am convinced that our joint efforts will surely succeed. Once again, I am grateful to our population for being active," Mamuka Bakhtadze said.
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Package of Turkmenistan–Azerbaijan Documents Signed in Ashgabat
The expanded talks were followed by the signing ceremony of bilateral documents. The existing legislative and regulatory framework was reinforced by 21 documents.
In the presence of the heads of state, the following documents were signed:
The Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Long-term Trade and Economic Cooperation;
the Program of Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2019-2021;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and Property;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Cooperation in the Field of Industry;
the Program of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Field of Transport for 2019-2022;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the Establishment of the Turkmenistan–Azerbaijan Joint Commission for Transport, Transit and Logistics;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Development of International Maritime Shipping through the Ports of the Two Countries;
the Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Visa Facilitation for Actors Conducting International Transportation through the Territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan;
the Program of Cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Field of Science, Education, Culture and Art for 2019-2021;
the Agreement between the Turkmenbashi International Seaport and the Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC on Automated Exchange of Information;
the Agreement between the Ministry of Railways of Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijan Railways CJSC on Transport and Transit;
the Agreement between the State Service of Maritime and River Transportation of Turkmenistan and the Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC on Increased Trans-shipment between the Turkmenbashi International Seaport and the Baku International Sea Trade Port;
the Agreement between the Ministry of Motor Transport of Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Development of International Road Transport;
the Agreement between the State Service of Maritime and River Transportation of Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijan State Caspian Shipping Closed Joint-Stock Company on Development of Maritime Merchant Shipping;
the Agreement on Cooperation between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
the Agreement between the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan and the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Organizing the Exchange of Preliminary Information on Goods and Means of Transport Crossing Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan;
the Memorandum of Understanding between the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan and the National Confederation of the Entrepreneurs (Employers’) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
the Memorandum of Understanding between the International University of Humanities and Development and the ADA University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Ilham Aliyev signed the Joint Statement to the public applause.
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President of Turkmenistan highly evaluates the outcomes of the Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan top-level talks
Upon completion of the ceremony of signing the bilateral documents, Presidents of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan held a press conference.
Commenting on the outcomes of the top-level talks, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the constructiveness of the talks that focused on the aspects of the bilateral relations, their status and prospects as well as the regional and global agenda.
It was noted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan demonstrate the identity or similarity of the positions on the important international aspects, first of all, with regards to the maintenance of stability and security in the region and the world as well. The head of Turkmenistan thanked Azerbaijan for the support of all the initiatives put forward by our country. In turn, Turkmenistan regularly supports fraternal Azerbaijan.
The President of Turkmenistan noted that the exchange of views on the cooperation on the Caspian Sea that unites the two countries took place during the talks. As is known, the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea has been adopted recently. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that standing for that the Caspian Sea always be the sea of peace and good neighbourliness we would continue pursuing this policy.
A wide range of issues of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership in the trade and economic sphere, including in the context of such promising areas as agriculture, construction, industry, new technologies, transport were considered during the talks.
Among the main areas of cooperation, the Turkmen leader specified the energy sector. There are wide opportunities for the consolidation of the efforts to export energy sources to the regional and international markets. The work of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan significantly contributes to ensure the further productive cooperation.
The head of state noted that the common historical and cultural roots of the peoples of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan served as a key factor for the development of the cultural and humanitarian cooperation. At the present, the good traditions, being passed on to the future generations and contributing to their education in the spirit of patriotism and national values, find their continuation.
In this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, the talks touched upon the theme of applied arts, traditional for our peoples – carpet weaving. Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have always been famous for their carpets. The leaders of the two states underlined the importance of organizing carpet expositions in both countries, and considered the opportunity an International Conference.
Thus, a wide range of issues were considered and a solid package of documents was signed. In this regard, addressing the representatives of the media, the President of Turkmenistan focused on two aspects, the first of which is transport. The parties expressed their intention to develop the transit corridors and the corresponding logistics system. It was also agreed that a special commission of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will be responsible for the above-mentioned issues.
In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan noted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan had many significant examples of partnership, including the signed Agreement on the creation of a transit transport corridor between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey with access to the European direction that connects Central Asia with Europe along the East-West line. As for the partnership with specialized international structures, there are good opportunities for cooperation, in particular, through TRACECA, IRU among others.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that an international conference would be held on November 28. “Today, we have discussed that we could provide the member countries with certain preferences, for example, preferential tariffs, etc. Now, the most important thing is to develop the proper logistics”.
The President of Turkmenistan also focused on the Programme on Trade and Economic Cooperation for 2019-2021 that was signed on the outcomes of the top-level talks. The programme will also contribute to the further diversification of the product range. At present, according to statistics, the turnover rate increases every passing year, and as compared to the same period of 2017, it increased by about 17 percent. Speaking about this, the head of Turkmenistan underlined the important role of the work of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the top-level talks between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan were held in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, demonstrating the mutual commitment of the parties to the further mutually beneficial cooperation.
Taking this opportunity, the President of Turkmenistan thanked President Ilham Aliyev for his personal contribution to strengthening of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani friendship, and addressed the best wishes to the distinguished guest and the entire fraternal people of Azerbaijan.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan