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Baku, Tbilisi Plan to Intensify Strategic Partnership

Baku, Tbilisi Plan to Intensify Strategic Partnership

Azerbaijan and Georgia plan to intensify the strategic partnership, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.

Mammadyarov made the remarks during the briefing following the meeting with his Georgian counterpart Mikhail Janelidze in Baku on March 7.

“Today, we discussed the prospects for developing and intensifying the strategic partnership,” he added.

Relations between Azerbaijan and Georgia are more than strategic partnership, said Mammadyarov, read a tweet by Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad provides regional connectivity linking East and West, the minister said further.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is being constructed on the basis of a Georgian-Azerbaijani-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. It is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2016. The BTK’s peak capacity will be 17 million tons of cargo a year. At the initial stage, this figure will be one million passengers and 6.5 million tons of cargo.