President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias arrived in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan on Monday and as of Tuesday he will be paying a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan at the invitation of his counterpart the President of the Caspian country Ilham Aliyev.

President Papoulias is being accompanied by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, Marine Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Minister Yiannis Diamantidis and other officials.

Talks between Papoulias, Aliyev and the government delegations, that will begin in Baku on Tuesday, are expected to focus on economic relations between the two countries with emphasis being placed on energy issues, particularly the promotion of the plan on developing the ITGI natural gas pipeline.

Upon arrival, President Papoulias expressed his joy for visiting the country.

"I can not conceal my joy being in your country," Papoulias said during a welcoming evnt. "Your country is developping so fast...I confess that we are still behind in developping relations between Greece and Azerbaijan."