Iran, Azerbaijan Call for Broadening of Ties

Iran, Azerbaijan Call for Broadening of Ties


TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in a meeting in Baku underlined the need for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting in the Azeri capital on Tuesday, Vaezi and President Aliyev explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating of bilateral relations in different areas.

Vaezi appreciated President Aliyev’s role in enhancement of the two countries’ bilateral ties, and said that the two countries’ presidents are determined to boost the level of their cooperation in different fields.

The Azeri president, for his part, hailed Vaezi’s role in expanding ties between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed political and economic ties between the two countries and cooperation in the Caspian Sea, and exchanged views about the prospects of relations in energy, transport, investment, finance, banking, agricultural, tourism and healthcare.

Vaezi, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Baku on Monday on a two-day visit aimed at paving the way for the upcoming visit of President Hassan Rouhani to the Azerbaijan on August 8.

During his stay, Vaezi has held talks with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister, Economy Minister and communications minister.

In relevant remarks in February, Iranian and Azeri presidents called for greater cooperation between the two neighbors in the war against terrorism and extremism.

“Iran and Azerbaijan are determined to strengthen cooperation in the ongoing war on terror in the region,” Rouhani said at a joint press conference with Aliyev in Tehran.

He said the two neighbors also believe that regional crises should be settled through dialog and not militarily.

Aliyev, for his part, highlighted the agreement reached between Tehran and Baku to work together in the war on terror, adding that the two neighbors share similar views on the region, specially on Syria.

“We also believe that the Syrian people should decide their own fate and their own political future,” he noted.