TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday that boosting economic ties between Tehran and Baku is a high priority for Iran.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Governor-General of East Azarbaijan Province Mohammadreza Pour-Mohammadi, reported Mehr News Agency.
Mousavi said the neighboring states will have an important role to play in the future of Tehran’s political and diplomatic relations with other countries due to the cruel sanctions imposed against Iran.
Border provinces of Iran have a vital role to this end, he said, adding that East Azarbaijan is of great importance as the province enjoys the appropriate commercial, economic and industrial infrastructures.
Mousavi outlined the development of cultural, academic, and scientific relations as other priorities of Iran’s diplomacy with Azerbaijan, noting that the exchange of students and holding joint conferences can be effective in the expansion of bilateral relations.
In a telephone conversation in late June, Iran’s Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Farhad Dejpasand and Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev explored ways for the expansion of bilateral economic relations between the two countries amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Dejpasand, who is also the Iranian chairman of the joint cooperation committee of the two counties, said, “I hope that with the help of bilateral cooperation, we will be able to witness the expansion and strengthening of economic relations between Iran and Azerbaijan.”
The minister also expressed hope that through observing anti-coronavirus health protocols the two sides can hold the 14th meeting of Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Committee in the near future.
He also referred to the building of a joint industrial park near the border of the two countries and joint projects of International North-South Transit Corridor, which is a 7,200-km-long multimode network of ship, rail, and road routes for moving freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia, and Europe.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews