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Benjamin Ben-Eliezer: "Israel wants to be transit country to deliver Azeri oil to Asia"

02 November 2006 [10:55] - TODAY.AZ
"Israel is keen on joining Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey pipeline corridor as a consumer, as well as a transit area," Israeli Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer stated.

The Minister addressed a Conference on Transit: Global Energy and Political Trend, saying he believes possibility of a mutually-related infrastructure of gas and oil pipelines, starting from Azerbaijan and running through Georgia and Turkey, the Mediterranean Sea and ending in Israel.

"Israel is not only ready for big purchases of energy resources, but also offers its territory as a transit of Caspian oil to the Asian markets. Israel could act as a bridge for the oil delivery to China, India and Japanese markets. This project would avoid extra expenses of oil deliveries around Africa. I believe Israel to keep up with the world leading energy powers. This can be achieved through its strategic position, on the crossroads of three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe, on the shore of two seas, namely, the Mediterranean and Red Sea," he underscored.

Azerbaijan is represented in the international conference by SOCAR Marketing Economic Operation Department Chair Mukhtar Babayev, APA reports.


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