Iranian President described relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, developing in all fields.

Iran Press/Iran news: Speaking with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov on Saturday in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: “The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are determined to further develop relations with Azerbaijan in all fields of mutual interest”.

“The Rasht-Astara Railway is an important step for the region, serving the interests of the two nations and we hope that its construction will begin as soon as possible,” he said according to Iran Press citing official website of the President.

The President also described relations between the two countries in dam and power plant construction, as well as energy very important and said, “Iran and Azerbaijan have always sought peace and stability in regional and international issues.”

On the significance of the tripartite summit of Iran, Republic of Azerbaijan and Russia, Rouhani said, “There are various projects in the region that we can follow in trilateral and multilateral frameworks.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov also said, “There are no obstacles on the path of developing relations between the two countries.”

Referring to the joint Rasht-Astara Railway project, Mammadyarov said, “With the launch of this railway, Russia, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Iran will be linked to each other, and Iran will be connected to the Black Sea through Georgia.”

He also presented the official invitation of president of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to president Rouhani, inviting him to attend the next Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which is going to be held in Baku next year.

On 6 March, the Iranian president described relations between the Islamic Republic and the Republic of Azerbaijan as deepening based on the wishes of the two nations.

According to the Iranian ambassador to Baku, bilateral trade between Tehran and Baku increased substantially by 73% in 2018. 105/211/201

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