Minister: Greece welcomes SOCAR’s desire to participate in DEPA privatisation
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 30 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Greece welcomes SOCAR's desire to take part in the privatisation of the Greek Public Gas Corporation DEPA, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said at a briefing in Baku today.
Greece is open for investments and invites Azerbaijani investors to the country, he added.
Energy cooperation between Greece and Azerbaijan has great potential for expansion, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said today.
There are no political problems for developing cooperation between the two countries, Mammadyarov said.
SOCAR is one of the participants in the DEPA privatisation tender. The Azerbaijani company's interest in participating is based on the fact that the Greek DEPA operates with gas distribution networks and conducts other gas operations in Greece.
The tender for the DEPA purchase must be held on May 10, but the opening of envelopes with participants' requests has been repeatedly postponed. Last time it was expected to be held on April 12, but was again postponed. Earlier, representatives of the Greek government and the HRADF privatisation agency stated that the decision of the DEPA privatisation will be open until May 2013.
"I negotiated with the Azerbaijani leadership and we discussed a number of issues on bilateral cooperation," Avramopoulos said.
A Baku-Athens direct flight will be opened soon. This will bring the two countries even closer, Greek Foreign Minister said.