0757 GMT July 19, 2018
Iran and Azerbaijan held talks on expansion of relations in the health sector.
The issue was discussed at a Friday meeting between Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Mehr News Agency reported.
Addressing the meeting, Hashemi said Iran is fully prepared to expand its ties with Azerbaijan in the fields of health and pharmaceutical sectors.
He added the two countries’ cultural, religious and historical commonalities prepare the ground for fostering relations in all areas, including the field of medical cooperation, through their public and private sectors.
Commenting on Iran’s medical achievements in the past few years, Hashemi said Iran is willing to share all its knowledge and experience with Azerbaijan.
He noted that many patients from other countries travel to Iran to undergo complicated surgeries as, compared to other countries, Iranian hospitals and medical centers offer such services with higher quality and at lower prices.
Commenting on Iran’s capabilities in the field of producing pharmaceuticals, the Iranian health minister said more than 96 percent of Iran’s drug requirements are met by domestic producers
“Iran exports advanced high-quality medicine to some 30 countries across the globe.”
Speaking at the same meeting, Aliyev urged boosting bilateral relations between the two neighboring states.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the number of agreements signed between the two countries in the health sector compared to those inked in other sectors, he said efforts are required to expand the two states’ relations in this field.
Referring to a joint project to establish a pharmaceutical company in Azerbaijan, he said there are some issues which are currently under discussion by the two countries and will soon be resolved.
Elsewhere, Aliyev supported the presence of Iranian physicians in Azerbaijan’s hospitals and welcomed plans to boost cooperation between the two sides in the field of medical education.
Recalling his meetings with Rouhani, Aliyev noted that during these meetings the issues relating to healthcare cooperation were discussed and relevant instructions regarding the implementation of works in this area were given.
The Azerbaijani president expressed his confidence that the Iranian minister’s visit to Azerbaijan will contribute to the expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the field of healthcare.
In addition, Hashemi extended Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s greetings to Aliyev.
He noted that thanks to the combined efforts by the two countries’ presidents, bilateral relations between the two states are developing and strengthening day by day.
Aliyev expressed gratitude for Rouhani’s greetings and asked Hashemi to extend his greetings to the Iranian president.
Arriving at Baku airport on Thursday morning as the head of a high-ranking delegation from the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education and the private sector, Hashemi said the two-day visit aims at expanding medical cooperation between the two sides.