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Developing ties with neighbors is Iran policy: Official

Baku, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi said developing ties with neighboring countries especially with the Eurasian and Caucasus countries is Iran's policy

Vaezi made the remarks in a meeting with Azeri Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov on Monday.

All grounds have been prepared for promoting strategic relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, he said, adding that cultural and religious commonalities between two nations and also both presidents' determination are the biggest asset for broadening relations between Tehran and Baku.

The agreements in the industrial, agricultural, pharmaceutical and electricity fields underway very well, he noted.

Vaezi went on to say that two strategic projects of Astara-Astara railway and cooperation in Caspian Sea energy are also on the verge of implantation.

Referring to the fact that the preferential trade agreement between Iran and Azerbaijan can accelerate trade ties, he said the region saw various crises over the past years.

He also stressed continuation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation for maintaining peace in the region.

Mammadov, for his part, emphasized historical commonalities between the two countries as the main capital for developing ties.

Azeri government is determined to promoting trade cooperation with Iran, he said.

Azeri Prime Minister expressed happiness over agreements between Iran and Azerbaijan car manufacturing, energy and pharmaceutical fields.

Some 10,000 cars are manufactured in Azerbaijan with Iran's cooperation, Mammadov said, adding that the figure will increase to 30,000 cars soon.

Baku is interested in participating in South-North corridor project which is one of the big projects in the region, he added.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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