Azerbaijan’s policy – stabilizing factor in region – Belgian ex-PM (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
Political role that Azerbaijan plays is a stabilizing factor in the region, which is of significant importance for the whole world, and particularly for the European Union, ex-Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme told Trend.
“Europe appreciates its partnership with Azerbaijan, as one of the security guarantors of the region, supporting peaceful co-existence of different ethnicities,” said Leterme.
He stressed that Azerbaijan goes through many economic achievements, because of its high-level natural resources management, as well as, work on diversification of its economy.
“Peaceful and sustainable development depends on interdependence between countries and their economies, and to have a good interdependence, a country needs to have good infrastructure. Azerbaijan is geographically located in a key crucial spot on the globe, and so the fact that the government is increasingly investing in improving infrastructure of energy links, road links, telecommunication, is of great importance for the region and also for Europe, since we are glad to increase our cooperation in these and other spheres with Azerbaijan, opening borders and helping each other,” said PM.
According to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, trade turnover with the EU member countries amounted to $9.4 billion in 2017, 52.35 percent more than in 2016.
Azerbaijan exported goods worth $7.45 billion to the EU countries in 2017.