Tehran, Baku Moving Toward Strategic Ties

Tehran, Baku Moving Toward Strategic TiesTehran, Baku Moving Toward Strategic Ties

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran and Azerbaijan are taking steps to forge strategic relations in all fields.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes expansion and reinforcement of cooperation with the Republic of Azerbaijan in all sectors," Rouhani said in a telephone conversation with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Saturday, Press TV reported.

He added that the immediate implementation of the agreements reached between the two countries during the recent visit of Azeri president to Tehran can help deepen bilateral and regional cooperation.

Rouhani hoped that the agreements would also pave the way for joint cooperation of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia, particularly in the fields of transit, energy and trade.

On February 23, Iran and Azerbaijan signed 11 agreements and memoranda of understanding to expedite cooperation in different fields.

The deals were signed by senior officials of the two countries in the presence of Iranian and Azeri presidents in Tehran.

Based on the agreements, Tehran and Baku will strengthen cooperation in various sectors, including customs, animal husbandry, railroad transportation, electricity, health and medical sciences, as well as oil and gas.

Aliyev said the implementation of agreements between the two neighbors would open a new chapter in Tehran-Baku relations.

He added that the construction of a railroad connecting Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan, in line with the development of the key North-South Transport Corridor should be finalized as soon as possible.

Iran and Azerbaijan have been working on the transport corridor, which is expected to connect Northern Europe to Southeast Asia through their territories.

According to preliminary estimates, the overall capacity of the rail link will be 1.4 million passengers and 5-7 million tons of cargo a year.