Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu participated in the panel Southern Gas Corridor as part of an international energy forum organized by the Caspian Strategic Institute in New York.
Addressing the ceremony, the minister noted that thanks to efforts of Turkey, a safe energy zone has been created covering Balkans and South Caucasus which were considered “instability zones” in post-Cold War period.
Davutoglu said Europe needs to ensure security of energy supplies. “This is true not only of resources of Shah Deniz field, but also possible deliveries of Turkmen gas and alternative energy routes from the Middle Eastern countries.”
The minister stressed that the discussion of security issues is beneficial to all countries through which energy corridors will pass.
Davutoglu said that creation of a common energy space will be favorable for the development of trade relations. “Something like the Great Silk Road will be created. Southern Gas Corridor is much broader concept than the term “energy corridor”. It is also a corridor of peace.”
Turkish minister also emphasized development of regional transport projects, in particular, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, designed to provide uninterrupted rail link from London to Beijing.
Referring to implementation of Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline project (TANAP) and its importance for the Turkish state, Davutoglu said: “Due to TANAP, strategic role of Turkey will increase significantly. This project demonstrates invaluable role of the Turkic world in establishing a climate of peace and security. “
He also noted that the Trans-Anatolian pipeline will be key to further strengthening the friendship between Turkey and Azerbaijan. In this regard, Davutoglu recalled the saying by national leader Heydar Aliyev “One nation, two states”.