Azerbaijan, Iran optimistic about economic and trade relations [PHOTO]

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December 6, 2019 14:29 (UTC + 04: 00)

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By Ofeliya Afandiyeva

Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev visited Iran, a southern neighbor, where he met President Hasan Rouhani and other senior officials to discuss bilateral relations, including trade and economic relations.

At the meeting held on December 3, Iranian President Rouhani highlighted Azerbaijan’s role in transport projects connecting Iran with Russia and Europe.

“Iran and Azerbaijan are not only close neighbors, but also close friends and brother countries. The two countries play a crucial role in the formation of the North-South international transport corridor which is of global importance. The railway line, included in this project, will stretch from Iran to Azerbaijan and Russia, and from there to Europe. The project will benefit not only Iran and Azerbaijan, but also other countries in the region. We are also interested in the development of trilateral relations between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, ”said Rouhani during his meeting with Shahin Mustafayev, chairman of the Azerbaijan-Iran State Commission for Economic and Trade Cooperation. and humanitarian.

The Iranian president expressed the hope that the two countries will develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of tourism, high technology and ecology, as in other fields.

In turn, Mustafayev presented President Ilham Aliyev’s letter to Rouhani and said that the president attaches great importance to friendship and sincere relations with the Iranian president.

“Ilham Aliyev considers that the friendly relations will give impetus to the further development of relations between the two countries and will serve the interests of our nations,” Mustafayev said.

On the same day, Mustafayev met with Iranian President Mahmoud Vaezi’s chief of staff.

Mustafayev said relations between the two countries are at a high level. He said that thanks to the political will of the two presidents, Tehran-Baku relations are developing.

It was noted that relations between the two countries in the political, economic, cultural, commercial, transport and humanitarian fields are developing. Azerbaijan wishes to expand these ties.

In turn, the Iranian president’s chief of staff drew attention to the development of trade and economic relations between Tehran and Baku, adding that the relations between the two friendly and brotherly countries are of strategic importance. He noted that Iran and Azerbaijan are cooperating closely in regional and international organizations.

The parties discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations and accelerate the implementation of joint agreements. They discussed the development of cooperation between two countries in various fields.

On December 4, Mustafayev met with Iranian Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and co-chair of the Azerbaijan-Iran State Commission for Economic, Trade and Humanitarian Cooperation, Farhad Dejpasand.

During the meeting, Mustafayev noted that Azerbaijani-Iranian relations have developed considerably in recent years, stressing that the leaders of the two countries attach great importance to the work of the State Commission.

He recalled that the commercial turnover between the two countries tripled in 2019. He mentioned joint industrial projects, such as the joint manufacturing plant in the industrial district of Nefchala, the recently opened Azerbaijani-Iranian hospital. and the joint pharmaceutical plant of the Pirallahi industrial park. an example of the development of bilateral trade relations.

In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities for developing relations in the fields of agriculture, tourism, transit and transport in order to increase the volume of mutual trade relations and diversify its structure.

Iran’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs also highlighted recent efforts to expand cooperation between the two countries. He noted that the State Commission is an important platform to discuss the directions of economic relations between Azerbaijan and Iran.

In addition, the Azerbaijani delegation headed by Mustafayev met Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Reza Rahmani.

The main topic of discussion was the steps taken in the implementation of new economic projects to further strengthen mutual relations. The issue of establishing a common industrial campus on the border with the Iranian province of Ardabil was on the meeting’s agenda. It was noted that such joint projects would give a powerful impetus to the further development of the economies of the two countries. Currently, work is underway to determine the location of the campus.

In turn, Rahmani said that Iran attaches special importance to relations with Azerbaijan and Russia within the framework of Iran’s new trade policy.

Over 1,500 Iranian companies operate in Azerbaijan, which should be seen as an example of favorable conditions created for investors in Azerbaijan.

Mustafayev also met Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri on the same day.

During the meeting, it was noted that Azerbaijan and Iran are good neighbors and close countries and that Iranian-Azerbaijani relations can serve as an example for other countries in the region.

It should be noted that the last 12th meeting of the Azerbaijan-Iran State Commission for Economic, Trade and Humanitarian Cooperation was held on March 13 in Tehran.

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