Rouhani's Baku Visit Can Help Promote Ties

Rouhani's Baku Visit Can Help Promote TiesRouhani's Baku Visit Can Help Promote Ties

Iran's envoy to Azerbaijan said President Hassan Rouhani's trip to the northern neighbor early next month can help further promote bilateral ties and wide-ranging mutual cooperation.

Noting that the two sides' heads of state have met six times since Rouhani took office in 2013, Mohsen Pakaeen said meetings between the presidents, as the highest decision-making authorities of the two countries, will prove effective in building mutual understanding and reaching more agreements.  

"Thanks to the two presidents' friendship and frequent visits, major decisions have been agreed about … cooperation in various sectors, such as transport, trade, energy and security, especially on the fight against terrorism," Pakaeen told IRNA on Wednesday.

Rouhani will attend a trilateral summit with his Azeri and Russian counterparts, Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin, in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku next month.

Rouhani will leave Tehran for the Azeri capital on August 8, Press TV reported.

During the meeting, which is held following the proposal of Azerbaijan's Aliyev, the attendees will explore avenues to bolster cooperation and discuss the latest regional developments.

The same proposal brought together Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Azeri counterparts, Sergei Lavrov and Elmar Mammadyarov respectively, in April.

In the meeting, the top diplomats stressed the importance of strengthening trilateral security, political and economic cooperation.

The three also discussed the fight against terrorism and extremism in the region, particularly in Syria.

Iran is involved in the five-year-old Syria war through providing military advice to government forces, which are fighting against an array of foreign-backed militants.

Russia, another Syrian ally, has been pounding positions of the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group and al-Nusra Front in an air campaign it launched in September 2015.