Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze arrived in Azerbaijan on Thursday (30 August) on an official visit. He was met at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov, Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov and other officials.
According to Georgian sources the Prime Minister will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as well as the Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov and parliamentary speaker Ogtay Asadov.
"We will discuss important opportunities in terms of deepening regional cooperation as well as new initiatives that will help us to increase our trade. All these steps are going to positively reflect on our economic growth and achievement of our major goal - transforming Georgia into a regional hub," Georgian media reported the prime minister as saying prior to his departure for Baku.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze on his arrival in Baku on an official visit on 30 August 2018 (picture courtesy of Trend News Agency, Baku)
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.