Baku, Ankara keen to co-op in various spheres in future: minister (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey and Azerbaijan are expected to closely cooperate not only in transportation and communication sectors, but also in industry and construction in the future, Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan said in an exclusive interview with Trend.
“At present, there are many projects that can expand regional cooperation between our countries,” he added.
“Turkey is always ready to share its experience in all spheres with Azerbaijan,” the minister said. “Many agreements have been signed between the countries to develop economic and trade relations.”
Arslan said the Azerbaijani market has always been attractive for Turkish investors due to similar culture and customs of Azerbaijan and Turkey.
“Turkish entrepreneurs are actively involved in such sectors as telecommunications, banking, insurance, construction, education and oil sector in Azerbaijan,” he said. “So far, Turkish entrepreneurs have implemented 363 investment projects worth $11 billion in Azerbaijan.”
The minister added that the whole world is aware of fraternal relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Arslan also expressed confidence that relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan will strengthen more.
“Commissioning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK), opening of a logistics center in Kars, construction of the Kars-Igdir-Nakhchivan railway, possibility of implementing cross-border trade between Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Turkey’s Kars and Igdir provinces will further strengthen the relations between Baku and Ankara,” Arslan added.
“Expansion and strengthening of relations with Azerbaijan is the most important direction for Turkey, and these tasks are included in Turkey’s Vision 2023,” he said.
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