0238 GMT April 22, 2019
President Hassan Rouhani called for accelerated implementation of agreements signed between Iran and Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea energy resources.
President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Azerbaijan's Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov in Tehran on Tuesday, the president’s official website reported.
Iran and Azerbaijan have taken an important decision about cooperation on using energy resources of the Caspian Sea, Rouhani said.
Describing the decision as a win-win deal, he expressed hope for the accelerated implementation of the agreements which would serve the interests of the two nations.
The Iranian president also said the Caspian Sea legal regime is of great importance to all littoral states, adding that “good steps have been taken so far in this regard”, IRNA reported.
Referring to the construction of North-South Corridor, Rouhani said that the implementation of the project will connect the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean to the Azerbaijan, Russia, the Black Sea, and Eastern and Northern Europe.
He also stressed on expansion of cooperation in different fields such as industry, pharmaceuticals, science and technology.
“Fortunately, the relations between the two countries in the recent years have been promoting and today, we are witnessing close cooperation and relations between Tehran and Baku,” Rouhani said.
Pointing to 12 meetings held between the presidents of the two countries in the past five years, Rouhani said, “The outcome of all the attempts and close relations between authorities of the two countries has been development of relations and cooperation of the two nations.”
“Due to its cultural and religious similarities with Iran, Azerbaijan Republic is one of the closest countries to Iran and we have had good relations with the country since its independence,” said President Rouhani.
During the meeting, Asadov said “Trade between the two countries has increased by 40% in 2018, which can grow further based on the capabilities and potentials in the two countries”.
He also praised Iran’s approach towards regional and international issues and respecting of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbors.