Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 25 / Trend /
Azerbaijani ambassador to U.S. Elin Suleymanov has held several meetings with Illinois officials during his visit to Illinois, U.S, the Azerbaijani embassy to the U.S told Trend.
Representatives of various state agencies, businessmen, members of the Turkish community, as well as the Australian and Israeli Consuls General in Chicago attended the working lunch, given by Speaker Michael Madigan in honour of the Azerbaijani diplomat.
In his speech, the ambassador talked about the geo-strategic position of Azerbaijan's foreign policy orientation and relations between the two countries. Suleymanov called the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline as the U.S. most successful project in the region. He stressed the importance of expressing the political support by the U.S. and other energy projects which are on the agenda and in particular, TANAP.
The ambassador met with Illinois governor Pat Quinn. The sides exchanged views on possible cooperation between Illinois and Azerbaijan. The governor said that mutual investments and the establishment of the relations between their respective universities will be useful.
The Azerbaijani ambassador also addressed teachers and students of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy which is considered to be one of the U.S most prestigious universities.
Suleymanov informed the participants about the successful oil diplomacy of our country, infrastructure and energy projects which are on the agenda. The ambassador added that Armenia's involvement in these projects will be useful for full regional integration. However the main condition is the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.