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Report: Netanyahu plans to visit Azerbaijan

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 14:09
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Report: Netanyahu plans to visit Azerbaijan
News agencies in Azerbaijan report that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is planning to visit Baku in December
Dan Arkin | 25/10/2016

According to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, trade turnover between
Israel and Azerbaijan amounted to around $409.9 million as of
January-September 2016. the Azeri Trend website reports that Netanyahu will
hold meetings with Azerbaijani leadership during his expected visit.

In another matter, Trend also reports that the future of connecting Israeli
gas to the Southern Gas Corridor is unclear, according to Sijbren de Jong,
analyst at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies and expert in energy
security. The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority energy projects
for the EU. It envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of
Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region to the European countries through
Georgia and Turkey.

Earlier, Cemil Ertem, advisor to the Turkish president, said that Turkey
wants to connect Israeli gas supplies to the Southern Gas Corridor project.

“For the Israel-Turkey pipeline, there are essentially two routes possible:
through Lebanese and Syrian waters or via Cypriot waters,” de Jong said.

The war in Syria rules out the first option, and the second route also is
fraught with difficulties, he said, adding that so, the future of this
pipeline is unclear.


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