Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.12
By Claude Salhani - Trend:
If the world had any doubts about the geopolitical position of Azerbaijan, they all vanished today, on Feb.12, thanks to the first meeting of the Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor, which took place in Baku.
The fact that this meeting was held in the capital of Azerbaijan should not be underestimated, as it emphasizes the important role of Baku, which it plays in Europe's energy security.
Creation of the future energy map of Europe is a huge step in the overall consolidation of the European stability, which was observed in the western part of the continent in the period after World War II. However, some European countries in Eastern Europe were less fortunate.
Azerbaijan hopes that this project can bring together East and West, and ensure reliable and safe routes for the continent, which needs energy resources so badly. And today, there is hope that the project will help build a brighter future for the entire continent.
Implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project would be impossible without the presence of Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.
The European Union fully supports this project, and has defined it a priority for itself.
In addition, this project highlights the fact that it is important not to only have oil and gas reserves, but to extract them as well. It is no less important to be able to deliver them in a timely manner, and deliver in the safest way.
This project has also shown that the presence of common interests, ability to negotiate can unite many countries of the continent in a single direction - implementation of the transcontinental project which will make it possible to link Europe and Asia through Azerbaijan.
Claude Salhani is senior editor at Trend Agency and a political analyst, follow him on Twitter: @ClaudeSalhani