18 july 2010, 16:30
Joint press statements by President Ilham Aliyev and President Mikheil Saakashvili
Statement by President Mikheil Saakashvili
- I would like to welcome the head of the Azerbaijani state, our brother. The long-term cooperation we have established has already yielded positive results between Baku and Batumi. As you may know, businessmen from Baku work in Batumi. At the same time, business people from Batumi work in Baku. The vessels that have left the port of Batumi are already on their way. This is also the result of cooperation between Baku and Tbilisi. All this is part of our cooperation program.
Mr. President, we are very glad to have you here – please accept our congratulations on this occasion. We have been friends for many years. This friendship has a long history and has passed many ordeals. Georgia will never forget Azerbaijan’s help when our energy infrastructure was blown up, when the Georgian people found themselves in a dire situation in cold winter. I am absolutely sure that the people of Georgia will never forget this help. We will never forget this help because it was provided at the most difficult time in Georgia’s history. Azerbaijan made a very important decision then and came to Georgia’s help at such a difficult time. This is not only a result of strategic partnership, but also a symbol of our fraternity. We have even established confederative relations.
Let me welcome you to Georgia again – welcome! You know Georgia very well, so make yourself at home.
Statement by President Ilham Aliyev
- Thank you very much, Mr. President and dear friend! First of all, I would like to thank you for the invitation to visit Georgia. I am very pleased to be in Batumi again. The changes and the development I have seen are very gratifying for me as a friend. This is the result of your work as president. Batumi is becoming increasingly beautiful and comfortable. Modern buildings and hotels are under construction, a wonderful infrastructure is being created. I visited Batumi two years ago and can now draw comparisons. What I have seen is gratifying, because your success is ours too. Thanks to your activities, Georgia has become a very attractive country for foreign investors. Billions are being invested in Georgia, and the confidence of foreign companies means a lot. This is evidence that there is a strong faith in a successful and stable development of Georgia.
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