Baku, April 22, AZERTAC
“Iran backs Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” said Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mahmoud Vaezi as he met with Azerbaijan`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov.
At the meeting, the sides emphasized the successful development of cooperation between the two countries in accordance with the strategic course determined by the Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Mahmoud Vaezi offered his condolences on the death of Azerbaijani civilian population and military personnel during the latest escalation along the line of contact between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces.
He noted that the bilateral cooperation is developing in the fields of economy, transportation, oil and gas, agriculture, tourism, pharmaceuticals, machine-building, information and communication technologies and other areas owning to the joint efforts taken within the framework of the intergovernmental commission.
Saying that his country is interested in ensuring the regional peace and security, the Iranian Minister noted the importance of expanding cooperation between the security agencies of the two countries to fight together against terrorism, extremism and regional threats in the context of international cooperation.
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stressed the importance of the latest visit of Azerbaijan`s President Ilham Aliyev to Iran, his meetings and the documents signed during the visit in terms of advancing the cooperation between the two countries.
He congratulated Mahmoud Vaezi on the occasion of being awarded with the "Dostluq" (Friendship) Order by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Minister underlined that Iran’s fair and sustainable position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is highly appreciated. He said that to resolve the conflict and ensure sustainable peace in the region, the Armenian troops have to be withdrawn from all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.
Noting that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries is also developing in trilateral formats such as Azerbaijan-Iran-Turkey and Azerbaijan-Iran-Russia formats, Elmar Mammadyarov emphasized in this regard the trilateral meetings held in Ramsar and Baku, respectively on the 5th and 7th of April.
The FM noted the great importance of the railway bridge on Astara river, the construction of which was launched on the 20th of April, in development of the North-South transport corridor. He particularly emphasized that the above-mentioned bridge will create ample opportunities for increasing the transit potential of both countries, as well as the transportation of cargos in large volumes.
A the meeting, the sides also exchanged views on strengthening the relations between the regions of the two countries, as well on the development prospects of cooperation in the fields of energy, transport, oil transportation, trade, banking and other areas.