TEHRAN, May 30 (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed to his Azeri counterpart that Tehran welcomes expansion of cooperation with Azerbaijan Republic in all areas.
President Rouhani made the remark in a telephone conversation with President Ilham Aliyev that was initiated by the Azeri side on Monday.
During the talk, the Iranian President highlighted the strong resolve on the part of the two governments for deepening Tehran-Baku relations in various fields of energy, investment, transportation, trade and tourism.
Rouhani deemed the prospect of the two countries’ bilateral ties ‘highly promising’ for future cooperation, expressing hope that an acceleration in implementing agreements would provide necessary grounds for joint cooperation on transit, energy and trade.
He also underscored the significance of Rasht-Astara railway project for his administration, calling for expediting the process of its implementation.
President Rouhani further stressed the need for collective efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region.
The Azeri President, for his part, congratulated Rouhani on his election for second term in office, saying “necessary orders have been issued for implementation of agreements and projects between the two countries and the contract on Rasht-Astara railway project will be soon finalized and signed.”
He also voiced satisfaction over the active participation of Iranian companies in fields of energy, automotive and pharmaceuticals in his country.
President Aliyev further stressed the need for improving regional cooperation, particularly for fighting terrorism and violence, and restoring peace and stability.