BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
The relations between Italy and Azerbaijan are developing very rapidly, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said receiving a delegation led by Vice-President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Ettore Rosato, Trend reports.
"The relations between Italy and Azerbaijan are developing very rapidly and are at the highest level today. I think that political relations are at the highest level. My state visit to Italy earlier this year is a clear example of this. Many important documents were signed during that visit, including the Multidimensional Strategic Partnership document. This document reaffirmed our strategic partnership again. Many important issues were discussed during my meetings with both the President and the Prime Minister. At the same time, my meetings with the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives were very positive," Azerbaijani president said.
"As you know, two years ago, Italian President Mattarella was on an official visit to Azerbaijan. Those visits show that our bilateral relations are on a very solid basis. Today, Italian-Azerbaijani relations are developing very successfully in political, economic and all other spheres. You also know that Italy is Azerbaijan's first trading partner. Last year, our turnover reached $6 billion. Most of it is related to energy resources but I think that the non-oil sector will also have a special place in the coming years. As for the energy sector, as you know, the TAP project will be launched in the near future, which will undoubtedly further strengthen Italian-Azerbaijani relations," the head of state said.