In the first round of Iran-Azerbaijan’s Joint Economic Commission sessions in Baku, joint programs were considered such as Astara to Astara, and Astara to Rasht Railway project, and other cooperation topics like the field of communication and information technology which was agreed upon in previous meetings.
According to the ICT Ministry’s Public Relation, Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian Communication Minister, and the co-Chairman of the Joint Economic Commission held a meeting this morning with Shahin Mustafayev, the Azeri Minister of Economy and the other co-Chairman of the Joint Commission.
Dr. Vaezi, currently in Baku accompanied by a delegation of Iranian officials, and related representatives from various bodies and organizations especially the private sector, while praising the developing relations of the two countries in recent years, and the satisfaction of both countries leaders and officials from the expansion of relations at all fields and levels, stated: “The official visit of Dr. Rouhani, the President of the I.R. of Iran from Azerbaijan in the region’s current state of affairs, is particularly important.”
In this meeting, in presence of related Azeri officials, the parties discussed the previous agreements and joint projects, including Astara to Astara, and Astara to Rasht Railroad projects, which is rapidly progressing in its implementation phase by both parties; also other topics such as banking, oil and gas, energy, power grid connection between Iran and Azerbaijan, cooperation in health-care services, agriculture, environment, culture, cinema, tourism, Caspian Sea collaborations; including joint activities in the fields of communication and information technology which was decided in the previous meetings of the two parties.
In this session, the Azeri Minister spoke of the increasing trade volume of more than 60 percent, saying: “The cooperation between the private sectors of the two countries is desirable, both as a policy and as a decision.”
It should be mentioned that the subject of expanding customs services in the border regions between the two countries was addressed as the prerequisite to developing trade and commerce.
The parties also studied the content of the agreement documents that can be signed during the visit of the Iranian President to Baku, and it was agreed that members of the board of Ministers of both nations should try to complete and finalize the related documents.
One of the major topics under discussion was the subject of Visa facilitation for Iranian nationals; Azerbaijan stated that decisive steps are going to be taken to facilitate administrative affairs for visiting nationals from both countries.