Shahin Mostafayev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chairman of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation, who is in Tehran for a one-day visit, has met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.
The two officials discussed the latest developments in the Caucasus region and bilateral cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan.
In this meeting, Amir Abdollahian expressed satisfaction with the upward trend in trade relations and deep ties between the two nations. He called the liberation of Azerbaijan’s territories the beginning of a new chapter in economic relations between the two countries and stressed the need for the two sides to use all economic capacities in the fields of trade, transport, energy and tourism.
The top Iranian diplomat referred to the capabilities of the Islamic Republic and announced that Iranian companies are ready to participate in the reconstruction of the newly liberated areas. Amir Abdollahian also cited the success of the two countries in vaccination and underlined the need to facilitate communication between citizens of both sides and re-establish flights between the two countries. The foreign minister reaffirmed Iran’s permanent policy to support the territorial integrity of countries, stressing that international borders are unchangeable.
The deputy prime minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan also expressed satisfaction with his constructive meetings with Iran’s ministers of oil as well as roads and urban development, saying the two countries are close to signing historic agreements in the fields of oil, gas and transportation.
Mostafayev also stressed the constructive role of the two countries’ foreign ministers in overcoming the recent tensions. He said a meeting of the joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between the two countries will be held early next year. In other remarks, the Azeri deputy prime minister referred to the increase in trade exchanges between Tehran and Baku since the beginning of 2021. Mostafiyev said the 22% hike in trade during the Covid pandemic indicates friendly relations and economic capacities of the two sides.
Amir Abdollahian and Mostafayev also discussed the forthcoming ECO summit and the documents of bilateral agreements.