US interested in diversifying energy transit via Caspian region: US Department of State official
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 24 / Trend /
The United States is interested in diversifying energy transit via the Caspian region, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on South Caucasus and Central Asia George Krol said while making speech at the International conference on "Reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in ensuring stable development and international cooperation" in Turkmenistan on April 24, RIA Novosti reported.
Krol said the United States assisted in constructing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and South-Caucasus gas pipeline to transport energy carriers from the Caspian region to world markets. He also noted that Kazakhstan also delivers considerable volumes of oil to world markets via Azerbaijan (transporting it with tankers via the Caspian Sea).
"We hope the current trade relations are being expanded and we will promote a developing dialogue between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan - organizers of the conference," Krol said.
Meanwhile, Krol noted that diversifying in the region is not carried out through ancient and traditional trade relations, but on the contrary, it can strengthen these relations and provide common efficiency.
Heads of several countries' governments and energy administrations, delegations at giant international and regional organizations, particularly, UN, OSCE, SOC, CIS, as well as leaders of roughly 100 famous foreign energy companies are attending the conference begun in Ashgabat on April 23.