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PM Orbán to participate in gas-transport summit in Baku

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will participate in a Tuesday summit in Baku, Azerbaijan with the presidents of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania regarding a proposed project to transport liquefied natural-gas (LNG) from Azerbaijan to Romania via Georgia, Prime Ministerial Spokesman Peter Szijjártó informed MTI.

Orbán held bilateral talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia on Tuesday morning. Saakashvili expressed his hope at the meeting Hungary's European Union presidency would give a boost to the Eastern partnership of the EU, and said it was import for Hungary's prime minister to visit the countries included in the European Union Neighbourhood Policy, including Georgia, Orbán's office said.

Szijjártó said on Monday that Orbán would also hold bilateral talks with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan during the summit, adding that Hungary could possibly join the project to build the €4-6 billion Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania Interconnector (AGRI).

The presidents of Azerbaijan and Georgia as well as President Traian Basescu of Romania are scheduled to sign a declaration in support of the project on Tuesday.

The proposed AGRI project would transport gas via pipeline from the Sangachal Terminal in Azerbaijan to the Kulevi Terminal on the Black Sea coast of Georgia and via LNG tanker from the latter location to Constanta, Romania.

The AGRI could potentially compete with the Nabucco and White Stream pipelines. (MTI – Econews)