Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and conferred here on Thursday with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on issues of mutual interest.

The meeting was held soon after Zarif arrived in Baku to attend the quadrilateral meeting with participation of his Georgian, Turkish and Azeri counterparts to review expansion of cooperation in line with bringing peace and security to the region.

Quadrilateral meeting between Iran, Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan has just started in the Azeri capital. 

The Baku quadrilateral meeting is to focus on promotion of cooperation between the four countries to strengthen regional peace and security and develop economic, energy, transportation, cultural and tourism ties.

Upon arrival in Baku Thursday morning, Zarif told reporters that the meeting is the first ever to be held between the four countries.

Iran, Turkey and Azerbaijan had already met several times and held such meetings but this is the first time that Georgia joins the three other countries, Zarif said.