European Commission Chairman heads to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan for energy issues

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BRUSSELS. January 11. KAZINFORM /Dimash Syzdykov/ Chairman of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso is expected to visit Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on January 13-15, 2010 for discussing energy issues.

"We share a common interest in long-term security and diversification of energy resources supply. Therefore I plan to discuss the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project which will allow delivering gas from the Caspian region directly to the European consumers. I am confident that together we will be able to create all the necessary conditions for implementation of this strategically important initiative", José Manuel Barroso said.

A joint declaration between the European and Azerbaijani sides on establishment of the Southern Gas Corridor is planned to be signed within the visit of the European Commission Chairman to Baku. In addition, J. M. Barroso and President of Azerbaijan I. Aliyev will discuss the joint declaration "EU-Azerbaijan Partnership for Modernization" aimed at facilitating political and economic reforms in this republic.

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