2/2 Pipeline links Caspian, Black Sea, Mediterranean and the Adriatic, takes oil to Europe; Hikmet Hajiyev, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Sep 29, 2019, 12:44 AM
Image:  Location and extent of the former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (lighter color). [Note: “oblast” is a Russian word; this is a carryover from Soviet colonialization. –ed.]  Public domain.
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2 of 2 Hikmet Hajiyev, Head of the Foreign Policy affairs Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in re:  The tragedy of Nagorno-Karabakh weighs upon the whole of the South Caucasus. The Southern Gas Pipeline; energy resources for  Central Asia, and also for security. HH: Our gratitude to the United States for its help. Pipeline takes gas from Caspian Sea to the European market, so we link Caspian, Black Sea, Mediterranean and the Adriatic; 50,000 new jobs. JB: I was in Uzbekistan this year, and they want to do what you’ve done.  HH:  [The historical connections among Central Asian nations.] We had globalization a thousand years ago, even including traders from China.   We’re linking railroads (“the Iron Silk Road”), air transport, Caspian shipping; we're even linking in Afghanistan. Everyone’s products can thereby go to the European market.