Romania, Azerbaijan, Georgia set for natural gas summit

The presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romania are going to meet in Baku in September as part of the three countries’ joint natural gas supply project AGRI.

The three heads of state – Ilham Aliyev, Mikheil Saakashvili, and Traian Basescu – will come together in Baku on September 14, 2010, to discuss the progress of gas transportation project Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI).

According to the Ministry of Industry & Energy of Azerbaijan, the purpose of the meeting is to give support to the project, reported the Azerbaijan Business Center. During the summit the three countries’ leaders are expected to sign a so called “Baku Declaration,” throwing their full weight behind AGRI.

The Baku Declaration will be drafted at an experts’ meeting on September 6, and will be finalized on September 13 by the relevant ministers of Romania, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

The high-profile nature of the Baku Summit will be reinforced by the expected attendance of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Commissioner for Energy Guenter Oettinger.

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