" Azerbaijan to Expand Gas Supply to Georgia" – President Aliyev

Oil&Gas Materials 1 July 2008 15:19 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Batumi, 1 July / Trend corr N.Kirtskhalia / On 1 July, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and Georgia's Mikheil Saakashvili participated in the ceremony of natural gas pumping to Batumi (Ajara).

Ilham Aliyev said the event, which he visited in Batumi today on the initiative if his Georgian counterpart, demonstrated current relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Presidents visited the house of Sioridzes in Batumi, to which natural gas was first supplied.

Gasification of Ajara is expected to be completed today. Gas will be supplied by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

"We implemented such an important project in a very short period and that proves our friendship. We are to supply gas to Georgia's all remaining regions. We are expanding supply of Azerbaijan's gas to Georgia," said Aliyev.

Saakashvili said gas and water supply to Batumi is the key priority for Georgia's Government.

"We are proud of Batumi, but the life level here must be improved. New water and sewerage systems in Batumi will improve its life level," Saakashvili said.

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