Rouhani in Baku

Rouhani in Baku Rouhani in Baku

President Hassan Rouhani is in Azerbaijan to discuss promotion of bilateral ties as well as regional developments with Azeri officials.  

The president met with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Baku on Wednesday and said Iran and Azerbaijan enjoy great potential to increase bilateral ties in economic, cultural and political spheres, ISNA reported.

For his part, Aliyev referred to close similarities between the two nations and said Baku "attaches importance to the relations between the two nations in various areas."

It was expected that ten cooperation agreements to be signed between officials of the two countries during Rouhani's stay in Baku, IRNA reported.      

Rouhani is also scheduled to meet with the Azeri parliament speaker and hold talks with businessmen and trade representatives there.  

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Presidential Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian and several cabinet ministers are accompanying the president.

Ahead of his trip to Azerbaijan on Wednesday, Rouhani said, "Energy, the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, environment, fishing, border security, tourism and trade are among the areas that can be utilized to serve the interests of both nations."

He also said the two sides will discuss regional problems including terrorism.