In a ceremony, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will put into operation the Qiz Qalasi Dam on Sunday, a significant joint project between the two nations.

Iran PressIran news: Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi arrived at Tabriz International Airport on Sunday morning to pay a one-day visit to the East Azarbaijan Province and inaugurate the Qiz-Qalasi Dam. 

The largest joint water project between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan is put into operation at a ceremony tbe attended by the presidents of the two countries. 

In this ceremony, Iran's President stated: "Aras River has always been a link between the people of Azerbaijan and Iran. This connection and cooperation has always existed since 50 years ago and today it showed itself in the inauguration of this joint project."

Riais added that these projects supply 2 billion cubic meters of water and put into operation 4 active power plants while creating 40 thousand jobs. It supplies drinking water and agriculture and is a symbol of the development and common will between the two countries. This cooperation gives hope to the people of the two regions and disappoints the enemies.

The intervention of foreign countries in the region is not acceptable

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also stated: "Today is a special day and the inauguration of these dams is a historical event. The two countries enjoy many capacities for cooperation which provides further opportunities.

Aliyev also said: "Today I had a discussion with Raisi and we were sure that we have the same views on international and regional issues. We also support each other for regional security measures in international organizations."

The President of Azerbaijan added: "Transportation plans are of great significance for the two countries and the region." The north and south corridors play a crucial role in the region. The transportation between the two countries is increasing and we are still in the initial stages, and with the completion of the railway, the amount of transportation between the two countries will increase. We are now witnessing an increase in commercial cooperation between the two countries.

He emphasized that the peace agreement between the two countries can be signed. Azerbaijan welcomes Iran's support in this area. Aliyev added: "During the meeting with the President of Iran, it was emphasized that Iran is trying to ensure peace and security in the region. The interference of foreign countries in the region is not acceptable and peace and security must be maintained by the countries and people of this region."

The construction of the Qiz Qalasi Dam began two decades ago to supply Iran with 2 billion cubic meters of water from the Aras River per year, among other goals.

Qiz Qalasi Dam is also regarded as another successful example of the good neighborliness policy pursued by the Iranian government.

Qiz Qalasi, the third dam jointly built by Iran and Azerbaijan after the Aras and Khodabandeh dams, is also seen as a great block to foreign interference influencing their ties.

Earlier, Iranian Energy Minister, Ali Akbar Mehrabian stated that the Qiz-Qalasi dam regulates 2 billion cubic meters of water per annum, adding that the two Iranian provinces of Ardabil and East Azarbaijan are supplied with a high volume of water from the dam.

The renewed friendship between Tehran and Baku also followed intensified attempts by enemies, especially the Zionist regime, to interfere in Iran-Azerbaijan relations. 219