TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with Chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov about a host of issues, including ways to cement ties between the Islamic Republic and the region.  

In the meeting held in Nakhchivan on Friday, Talibov praised the growing relations between the two sides in various areas and said the people of Iran and Nakhchivan easily make trips to each other’s countries.

He added that the number of tourists from both sides has increased and Iranian students study in Nakhchivan without any problem.

Zarif, for his part, hailed the relations between Iran and Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic as “progressing” and said joint projects to construct power plants and dams have been operational.

He further said grounds are provided for closer cooperation in diverse fields, including industrial livestock, health and medicine, the establishment of pharmaceutical institutes, dispatching medical practitioners and medical equipment, tourism, transportation, food industry and joint production.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, Zarif left the Azeri capital of Baku for Nakhchivan on Friday at the official invitation of the region’s authorities.

Zarif had met with Talibov during the latter’s official visit to Tehran earlier in December.

During the meeting, Talibov, expressed satisfaction at the growing bilateral interaction between Iran and Azerbaijan, particularly Nakhchivan, in diverse areas, saying, “We are ready to increase our cooperation with Iran in the fields of energy, tourism and transportation.”

In late December 2016, Iran launched a direct passenger train service between its northeastern city of Mashhad and Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan.

The train from Nakhchivan travels to Iran’s northwestern city of Tabriz through Jolfa and thereon to Tehran and finally Mashhad.