Nabucco Summits Begins

ANKARA - The Nabucco Intergovernmental Agreement Signing Ceremony and Summit began in Turkish capital city Ankara.

During the summit at the Rixos Hotel, an intergovernmental agreement will be signed by Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria for the Nabucco Project which will transport natural gas to Austria via Turkey.

Besides Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, Prime Minister Emil Boc of Romania, Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai of Hungary, Chancellor Werner Faymann of Austria, Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev of Bulgaria, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of Iraq and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso are attending the summit.

U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar, U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar, EU Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs, German State Secretary for Economics and Technology Jochen Homann, Austrian Economics & Labor Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner, Azerbaijani Industry & Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev, Bulgarian Economy & Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov, Georgian Energy Minister Alexander Khetaguri, Hungarian Transportation, Telecommunications & Energy Minister Peter Honig, Egyptian Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy, Romanian Economy Minister Adriean Videanu, Syrian Oil Minister Sufian al-Aw, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Director for Energy Riccardo Puliti and European Investment Bank Director for Structured Finance and Advisory Activities Thomas Barret are among guests of the event.

More than 300 hundred journalists including 100 foreigners were accredited to cover the event.

Tight security measures have been taken in and around the Rixos Hotel.

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