TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Ranking officials from Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan called for plans to promote cooperation between the two neighbors and accelerate the implementation of joint projects.

In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian president's Chief of Staff, and Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economic Development Shahin Mustafayev explored avenues for the enhancement of Tehran-Baku relations during President Hassan Rouhani’s second term.

Stressing the need for the finalization of bilateral agreements between Iran and Azerbaijan and for the immediate implementation of joint projects, Vaezi said the two countries should find new grounds to promote cooperation.

For his part, the Azeri minister expressed Baku’s determination to define new joint projects with Iran and keep working in cooperation like in the past four years.

Iran and Azerbaijan have accelerated efforts in recent years to forge closer partnership in various areas.

In February 2016, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Tehran, during which the two sides signed eleven memorandums of understanding and agreements to promote mutual cooperation in a range of fields.