Iran trying to develop ties with Azerbaijan, Caucasus/Tehran-Baku determined to deepen relations in all fields/North-south rail corridor to connect Europe to Persian Gulf

Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan should be cemented to secure the interests of both countries based on the two nations’ friendship, said President Rouhani at the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Azerbaijan.

Sun 07 - August 2016 - 19:35

Speaking on Sunday in Baku, Dr Rouhani also said: “Friendship and development of ties with Eurasian countries, Caucasus region and especially Azerbaijan is very important and we should try to establish free trade”.

Stressing the importance of finalising north-south rail corridor, he added: “This corridor can play a significant role in connecting the Caucasus and even Europe to the Persian Gulf states”.

On the significance of environmental issues regarding Caspian Sea, Dr Rouhani said: “In this regard, Iran urges Azerbaijan to activate the secretariat in Baku as soon as possible”.

He also referred to energy cooperation between the two countries and continued: “The two governments are determined to develop ties in all fields”.

“Development of cooperation in combating terrorism, especially in the field of culture, intelligence and operation is essential,” said Rouhani while speaking about the threat of terrorism for all countries.

He went on saying: “We should not let some people to promote violence and terror to the youth in the name of Islam; this way of thinking should be rooted out in the region”.

Dr Rouhani also said that all countries’ territorial integrity is very important to Iran and continued: “Settling regional issues is possible through discussion and dialogue and the Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort in developing full peace and stability in the region”.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev also said: “Baku is willing to develop ties with Iran in all fields and good Tehran-Baku relations will have fruitful regional effects”.

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