27 July, 2007
Washington has expressed satisfaction over the signing of the inter-state agreement for the construction of the Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline.
In a written statement, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, “the United States congratulates the prime ministers of Turkey, Greece and Italy for today’s signing in Rome of the inter-state agreement for the construction of the Turkey-Greece-Italy (TGI) pipeline. The agreement defines the commercial and legal framework of the transport of natural gas from Caspia through the pipeline, opening the road for the speeding up of the construction.
“The agreement constitutes the culmination of the joint efforts of the three countries, with the strong support of the USA and the European Union, to thus contribute so that Europe diversifies the sources of the supply of natural gas from the Caspian Sea, and to promote the economic growth of the region of Caspia.”
McCormack concluded by underling that “these efforts build on the strong cooperation which existed these past decades between the USA, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, for the creation of the natural gas pipeline of the southern Caucasus, as well as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the extension of our cooperation so as to comprise important European Union partners.”
Source: Athens News Agency