giorgi margvelashvili - ilham aliyev 2014-02-12

President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili (left), and President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. (Photo published by the Georgian president’s administration.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev says Georgia and Azerbaijan support each other in territorial integrity issues.

Both countries have lost control over parts of their territory to small de facto governments with little or no international recognition.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili met Aliyev on Wednesday during a visit to Azerbaijan. According to Aliyev, they discussed economic cooperation. He said there is great potential in expanding economic and trade relations between the two states, and opportunities in bilateral investments. Aliyev said Azerbaijan is studying Georgia’s investment potential in detail.

The two presidents also discussed bilateral projects and future plans within the energy sector.

Ilham Aliyev said at a joint press conference with Margvelashvili that the transport sector is also important, as well as humanitarian issues and connections between the peoples.

Giorgi Margvelashvili expressed a wish to deepen political, economic, cultural and energy relations with Azerbaijan.

The Georgian president continues his trip to Azerbaijan on Thursday with a visit to regions with ethnic Georgian population.