The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, currently in Azerbaijan Republic on an official visit, has met with the Azeri Minister of Foreign Affairs, discussing topics of mutual interest.
According to the report of the ICT ministry’s Public Relation, Dr. Vaezi, the Iranian ICT Minister and co-Chairman of Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Commission, continued his talks and negotiations with Azeri officials, meeting Elmar Mammadyarov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Vaezi welcomed the ever expanding and deep-rooted relations of the two countries, announcing that: “Cooperation between the two countries in all areas of economy, culture, and commerce guarantees political development of their relations.”
He included that: “Both countries share similar views regarding the fight against terrorism, extremism, and the efforts to establish peace and stability.”
The ICT Minister welcomed the expansion of the political, economic, and cultural relations of the two nations, referring to the will and determination of the leaders and people of both countries considering their close cultural and historical backgrounds, adding: “Next week’s tripartite meeting session between Presidents of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan is the harbinger of peace, friendship, and stability in the region.”
Dr. Vaezi expressed hope that the official bilateral visit of Dr. Rouhani will be a new step toward comprehensive development of relations at all levels, and included that: “We fully support increasing the trade volume between the two countries, emphasizing on the necessity of extending banking relations, and also cancellation of customs tariffs; therefore, establishment of practical mechanisms for further increasing the commercial relations between us can be highly effective.”
The Foreign Affairs Minister of Azerbaijan expressed his appreciation for the acceptance of his country’s invitation by Dr. Rouhani and his next week visit to Azerbaijan, announcing that: “It is our belief that this visit is going to highly impact the relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, and we also welcome the warm reception of our nationals for visiting Iran, and the exchange of tourism cooperation.”
He included that: “We are moving toward total removal of Visa for Iranian nationals.”
The Azeri FM also spoke regarding the North-South corridor and the construction of the Rasht-Astara Railway project, stating that: “Construction of this connection link is not only going to create a major development for these two nations, but also impact the commercial and economic relations of the countries of the region.”
He also emphasized on his country’s decision for investing in this project as an absolute necessity.
It is mentionable that in this meeting the parties went over the results of previous agreements between the two countries, underscoring the designed roadmap as a lighthouse mapping the future of bilateral relations.
The same afternoon, Dr. Vaezi also had the opportunity to meet with Elman Rustamov, the Governor of Azerbaijan’s Central Bank, negotiating topics of mutual interest regarding banking relations of Iran and Azerbaijan.