Turkey is major Georgian trade partner: PM

Oil&Gas Materials 24 February 2009 18:07 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey is major Georgian trade partner: PM

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 24 / Trend /

Turkey is a major Georgian trade partner, Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri said at the Georgian-Turkish business forum at the Courtyard Marriott.

Although Russia used to be Georgia's main commercial partner, Turkey has occupied the position since the August war.

"Over the past 5 years, Turkey ranked second in terms of its investments in Georgia. The annual trade turnover between the two countries hit 46 percent," Gilauri said.

Major projects have been implemented in Georgia, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzrum gas pipelines. The second round of talks will be launched on the gas pipeline shortly.

These projects are significant for Georgia and Turkey. The January gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine demonstrated once again that the international community needs these projects.

The Nabucco project "will be the cornerstone of energy safety for Georgia, Turkey and Eastern Europe," Gilauri said.

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