News ID: 175986
Published: 0520 GMT January 18, 2017

Rabiei: Joint transport projects to bring multiple benefits

Rabiei: Joint transport projects to bring multiple benefits

A transport route through Azerbaijan is the most reliable and safe route for Iran, said Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei.

Rabiei was speaking in a meeting with Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees Ali Hasanov in Baku, Azer News reported.

The minister said that today a lot of work carried out in the field of improvement of road transport infrastructure and joint projects are underway in this area.

"The work is underway on the construction of the railway Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan). This project will contribute to the creation of new jobs in our countries, and entrepreneurs will be able to use this route for business purposes. At the same time, Iran and Azerbaijan have real opportunities for cooperation in the area of maritime passenger and freight traffic," Rabiei underlined.

Azerbaijan and Iran have great potential for developing ties in the humanitarian sphere, he said, noting that the Islamic Republic is ready to expand cooperation in areas such as rehabilitation of the disabled, production of prostheses, health and wellness sphere, etc.

Rabiei further mentioned that the Iranian delegation headed by him included influential persons in the Iranian Parliament, members of the friendship groups and chiefs of committees.

"This testifies to Iran's intention to further develop relations with Azerbaijan. We sincerely rejoice when we see the development of Azerbaijan day by day, landscaping and renovation works, construction of new buildings and raising of the living standards in the country," he added.

Hasanov, in turn, noted that a joint pharmaceutical plant is one of important projects implemented in the non-oil sector of Azerbaijan.

"This project is a bright example of successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran," he said.

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