Bulgarian President Roumen Radev has welcomed the “intention and willingness” of Azerbaijan to start direct flights between Sofia and Baku as of January 1 2018.
Radev was speaking at a joint news conference with his counterpart and host in Baku, Ilham Aliyev, as the start on October 13 of a two-day visit to Azerbaijan.
Aliyev described Bulgaria as a “close friend and strategic partner”. The two presidents see opportunities for co-operation in the fields of energy, transport, tourism, agriculture, culture and education.
Radev said that the planned direct flights between the two capitals coincides with Bulgaria assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union as of January 1.
In this regard, Bulgaria also confirms its support to the Republic of Azerbaijan for the new comprehensive agreement with the EU, he said.
The Bulgarian President declared his support for the Southern Gas Corridor where Azerbaijan plays a key role. Radev said that the project would contribute to the diversification of energy sources for Eastern and Central Europe.
The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is a term used to describe planned infrastructure projects aimed at improving the security and diversity of EU energy supply by bringing natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe.
Stretching over 3500 kilometres, crossing seven countries and involving more than a dozen major energy companies, it is composed of several separate energy projects, and the route from Azerbaijan to Europe consists of the South Caucasus Pipeline, the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline and the Trans -Adriatic Pipeline./IBNA