Iran-Azerbaijan potentials must be tapped to serve both peoples/Linking rails and other north-south transit lines beneficial for region/Stressing the need to implement agreements quickly

President Rouhani met with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, and described relations between the two countries amicable and developing, saying: "The two countries have ample potentials for developing ties in economy, science, technology, research and trade and these potentials must be tapped to serve both nations".

Sun 10 - September 2017 - 16:33

In the meeting that was held on Sunday on the margins of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, Dr Rouhani also attached great weight to completing joint rail project as beneficial for the entire region, adding: "The two sides should promote cooperation in the field of energy and joint efforts to improve the oil market".

Referring to terrorism as a regional and global issue, he said: "Terrorism in the region is facing failure and to root it out, intelligence, economic and cultural cooperation should be emphasised more than before".

He also expressed hope that bigger, more serious steps be taken for quick implementation of agreements between the two countries.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev described Dr Rouhani's re-election as the proof of people's trust in the administration's plans and programmes and said: "As a friend and brother, we are deeply happy about the Iranian government and people's achievements and progress".

"Relations between the two countries are currently at the highest ad friendliest level," he added, saying: "9 visits by the presidents of the two countries in the past four years has had positive effects on Tehran-Baku ties and I am confident that the future relations will be better than today".

The President of Azerbaijan also said: "Azerbaijan considers terrorism a common threat for all countries of the region and we are willing to cooperate and collaborate more with Iran in dealing this scourge".

He also said that Baku was willing to improve its relations with Tehran and also stressed the development of North-South Corridor.

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