Samaras vows return visit to Azerbaijan after talks with Aliyev in Baku

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras vowed to return to Azerbaijan after holding talks in Baku on Sunday with the country’s president Ilham Aliyev.

One of the main topics of conversation during the meeting was the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will natural gas from Azerbaijan to western Europe via Greece and Italy.

The economic think-tank IOBE estimates that the pipeline could bring 340 million euros of added value to the Greek economy each year.

Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is also one of the leading contenders for the purchase of Greece’s natural gas network operator, DESFA.

Government sources said that the two leaders also discussed closer cooperation in tourism and culture during Samaras’s brief stay in Baku on his way back from a longer visit to China.

Samaras also visited the Heydar Aliyev Center, a cultural complex in Baku, named after Azerbaijan’s former president.