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Azerbaijani delegation ended a visit to Iran

 

iran-04-08-2015-1The delegation led by Shahin Mustafayev, the Minister of Economy and Industry, the co-chair of Interstate Commission for economic, trade and humanitarian cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran paid a visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The delegation included senior officials of the ministries of Economy and Industry, Communication and High Technologies, SOCAR, “Azerbaijan Railways” JSC, “Azerenergy” JSC, the State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources, "Azerbaijan's Caspian Sea Shipping Company" JSC, the Central Bank and businessmen.

The Azerbaijani delegation made a visit to Iran at the invitation of Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, co-chairman of the State Commission Mahmoud Vaezi, and the delegation was received by Hassan Rouhani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, alongside a series of meetings.

Referring to historical friendship between Iran and Azerbaijan, Mr. Hassan Rouhani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that political, economic and cultural relations are developing steadily, and Iran give a priority to iran-04-08-2015-2development of relations with Azerbaijan. Mr. Rouhani pointed out that the two governments have great potential for further development of relations and shared his views on the further expansion of cooperation in the field of transportation, energy and investment.

Mr. Shahin Mustafayev, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation, the Minister of Economy and Industry, expressed his gratitude for warm reception and conveyed greetings on behalf of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and handed to the head of state a special message. Mr. Shahin Mustafayev stressed that Azerbaijan welcomes the agreement reached through negotiations on nuclear program. We are sure that this agreement will be in favor of peace and stability in the region and the world. Emphasizing mutual visits of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran in 2014 play an important role in the expansion of relations between the two countries, the Minister Shahin Mustafayev hailed opportunities for further development of cooperation in the fields of oil, chemistry, trade, industry, energy, transport, agriculture, banking, etc.

iran-04-08-2015-3Minister Shahin Mustafayev met with Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran, co-chairman of the State Commission and stressed an important role of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Iran in the development of relations between the two countries, as well as highlighted the significance of mutual visits and meetings in terms of expansion of ties. It was noted that Azerbaijan and Iran had cooperated even during the period of sanctions and would cooperate after the lifting of sanctions. Noting the existing relations in the fields of oil and gas, energy, transport, education, health and private organizations between Azerbaijan and Iran, Shahin Mustafayev pointed out that this cooperation is expanding year by year, and there is great potential for it. They also exchanged views on the progress of the work done according to the agreement reached in the 9th meeting of the State Commission held in Baku in August last year, several achievements in a number of areas were made, as well as the next meeting of the Commission was discussed.

After the meeting the co-chairs of the Interstate Commission for economic, trade and humanitarian cooperation between iran-04-08-2015-4the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran paid a visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran - Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev and Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi held a joint press conference, answered media representatives’ questions.

At a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangana, the Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev spoke about the world's major oil and gas projects implemented at the initiative and with the active participation of our country, and discussed issues of cooperation in this field. It was mentioned in the meeting that the Azerbaijani and Iranian companies operating in the oil and gas sector are interested in working in our country and Iran, as well as they exchanged views on opportunities for use of natural gas exchange and underground gas storage, and cooperation in the fields of oil and gas engineering and joint production of oil and gas equipment. The Minister said that Iran can take advantage of the Azerbaijani infrastructure to export of its oil and gas to the European markets.

iran-04-08-2015-5Within the framework of the visit the Azerbaijani delegation met with Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Teyyibniya. During the meeting, the sides discussed the opportunities for further expansion of cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, finance, banking, insurance, investment, and decided to establish a working group on the implementation of mutual investment.

The Minister Shahin Mustafayev spoke about the achievements in the establishment of international transport infrastructure in the country, and gave information Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, Baku International Sea Trade Port, North-South, East-West transport corridors at the meeting held with Iran's Minister of Transport and Urban Development Minister meeting with Abbas Ahmed Axondi. During the meeting, the sides emphasized the great significance of North-South railway project, and reached agreement to create a working group in this field.

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