India keen to have energy cooperation Azerbaijan

Baku: India is keen to have energy cooperation with oil-rich Azerbaijan, a senior Indian diplomat has said, as the two countries held talks to strengthen bilateral ties in the political, trade, economic, and cultural fields.

The third round of the India-Azerbaijan Foreign Office Consultations was held in Azerbaijan's capital Baku on 22-24 September during which both sides agreed to strengthen the institutional framework between the two countries, and sign documents, currently under discussion, at the earliest.

The Indian delegation was led by Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs while Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, led tThe Azerbaijani delegation.

"The fact is that as an energy importing and fast developing country, India had an interest in Azerbaijan's oil and gas sector...and possible utilisation of energy surpluses for production of end products of interest to India, such as fertilizers," Singh was quoted as saying by an official statement.

The two sides also discussed in detail bilateral relations with particular focus on strengthening cooperation in the political, trade, economic, and cultural fields and people to people exchanges. Views were also exchanged on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Singh also conveyed India's support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is considered one of the most important spots in the world for oil exploration and development.