The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and the Iranian co-chairman of Iran-Azerbaijan’s Joint Economic Cooperation Commission reported of facilitation of Visa issuance for Iranians traveling to Azerbaijan Republic.
According to ICT’s PR department, reporting from IRNA news agency, Dr. Mahmoud Vaezi, at the conclusion of his 3-day visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan, announced the development of tourism between Iran and Azerbaijan as one of the main topics of discussions with Azeri officials in this trip, saying: “Azerbaijan’s President agreed to remove or facilitate visa issuance so that Iranian Nationals can easily travel to that country.”
Stating that Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic, has issued an order directed at the country’s institutions to actively cooperate with Iran and finalize new areas of cooperation between the two countries before the visit of the Iranian President.
In this interview, Dr. Vaezi placed huge importance on the commencement of the railway bridge project on the joint Iran-Azerbaijan border, which will greatly impact the future of bilateral economic relations, stating that: “The next important thing is the connection of the rail network of the two countries within the framework of the completion of the North-South Transport Corridor, and the construction of the Astara-Rasht railway, which was the subject of further constructive negotiations.”
Vaezi included that: “In a meeting with the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, it was decided that a €500 Million credit line will be allocated to this purpose, and a committee will be formed to pursue and speed up things in this project.”
The Iranian co-chairman of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, while expressing his satisfaction over the current trend of growth and development in bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas, stated that: “The cooperation documents signed during this trip covered cooperation in industrial sectors in regard to joint projects for establishing factories for pharmaceuticals and automobile production in Azerbaijan Republic, which is a good opportunity for further interaction between the private sectors of the two countries.”
Dr. Vaezi emphasized the importance of the accomplished negotiations for expanding Iran-Azerbaijan cooperation in areas such as Banking Affairs, Oil and Gas, Electric Energy, Healthcare, and Agriculture, stating that: “In accordance with the intention of cooperation development in agricultural sector, it was agreed that our Agriculture Minister should visit Azerbaijan.”
According to Dr. Vaezi, another topic of the negotiations in this visit related to strengthening private sector cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan, and increasing state support for this collaboration, so that private sector investors of both nations can invest in the other country as well.”
The Co-chairman of the Joint Economic Commission expressed that: “It is very pleasant to observe the expansion and progress of relations and cooperation between the two countries in all areas, which as quite apparent in the %53 growth rate of trade volume between Iran and Azerbaijan during the first quarter of the 2016, compared to first quarter of previous year.”
Dr. Vaezi included: “The strengthening of ties between Iran and Azerbaijan has also positively affected the number of visitors from each other’s countries.”
The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and the Iranian head of the Joint Economic Commission who entered Azerbaijan to attend the Ground-Breaking ceremony of the Astara River railway bridge on Wednesday, stayed for three days to meet with Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan Republic, and also the Azeri Ministers of Foreign Affair, Economy, Agriculture, and Communication and Information Technology.
During this visit, four cooperation agreements were signed in car-manufacturing and pharmaceutical-production sectors. Vaezi also received the ‘Friendship’ order of the Azerbaijan Republic from President Aliyev for distinguished services rendered for development of Iran-Azeri relations.