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Giorgi Kvirikashvili - Success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China

Publish Time 2017-10-30 16:12:00

The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China, - Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili made the regarding statement during his speech delivered at the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.

“We want Georgia to make its contribution to the cause of reviving the Silk Road and implementing the One Road-One Belt initiative”, - Kvirikashvili said.

"The success of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway largely draws on our expanding trade and economic relations with China. We are glad that this route is marked as the Middle Corridor on the China-EU trade and transport map, the term having been coined by President Erdogan in his recent speech at the Silk Road Summit in China.

Today, it takes a freight train eight days to deliver goods from China to Georgia via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. I avail myself of the opportunity to thank President Nazarbayev for his personal consideration and attention paid to this route throughout its development. We hope that the positive spillover effect of One Road-One Belt will cover other Central Asian countries as well. Today, there is a possibility of the train continuing its path toward Turkey. We want Georgia and our region maximally to integrate into the EU's Trans-European Transport Network via this route.

I am convinced that the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway will play a significant role to this end.

As you know, on November 28-29, 2017 Tbilisi will host the high-level Belt and Road International Forum, marking the second time when it brings together representatives of governmental and private sectors from more than forty countries. Such a large-scale meeting will enable us to reaffirm the importance of said corridor and, of course, that of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway, which makes the engagement of the countries present here so invaluable.

Once again, I would like to thank President Aliyev for organizing today's event. I am also grateful to our friends, the leaders of our partner countries, government officials, and everyone whose tireless work of many years has made possible the successful finalization of this complex project.

Most importantly, the unity of the countries present here is demonstrated through this project. I am convinced that similar projects and, most importantly, our solidarity will further deepen our ties to benefit our countries and our region", - Kvirikashvili said.
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