News ID: 254385
Published: 0350 GMT June 16, 2019

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan to boost trilateral cooperation

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan to boost trilateral cooperation

Presidents of Iran, Russia, and Azerbaijan will convene in the Russian resort city of Sochi in August to further work on ways to boost tripartite cooperation to form a strong regional bloc of trade and transit.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will meet for a tripartite summit in the resort city of Sochi in August, according to Minister of North Caucasus Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Chebotarev speaking in the second Iran-North Caucasus trade conference, reported Sputnik.

Earlier Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mikhail Bocharnikov said that a Russia-Azerbaijan-Iran summit is expected by the end of this year in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said in Beijing in April that he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at a summit in Russia during August.

"We agreed to hold another Russian-Azerbaijani-Iranian summit in Russia in August," Putin said.

The first Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan summit was held in August 2016 in Baku and the second tripartite summit was held in Tehran in November 2017.

Back in March, Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan, in a meeting with Governor General of Tehran province Anoshiravan Mohseni Bandpei,  pointed to the trilateral agreement between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia to expand relations in the fields of electricity and energy and establishing an electricity corridor, adding, "The Rasht-Astara railway came on stream over the past few days and I hope that these measures will provide a good ground for continuing bilateral and trilateral consultations.”

Iranian and Russian officials, businessmen, and economic activists started two three-day economic events in the Iranian cities of Tehran and Isfahan on Sunday in a bid to discuss avenues for bolstering economic relations.

The 15th Iran-Russia Joint Economic Cooperation Commission and 2nd Iran-North Caucasian Region Business Forum are underway for a period of three days in Tehran and Isfahan provinces from Sunday in the presence of senior public and private sectors officials of the two countries.

The opening ceremony of the 2nd Trade, Historical, Cultural and Scientific Forum between Iran and North Caucasus Region will be held in Tehran on Monday in the presence of Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian.

On the sidelines of 15th summit of Iran-Russia Joint Economic Commission, a number of nine Working Groups and three specialized committees are being held in the presence of a great number of public and private sectors of the two countries in the fields of industry, energy, transport and ICT (information and communication technology).

Last month, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak, in a telephone conversation, examined the latest status of the joint projects of the two countries in areas of energy cooperation.

Iran has the highest number of oil deals with Russia for the development of its oil and gas fields.

Early in May, Iranian and Russian Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sergei Lavrov inked a document which eases visa issuance for the two countries' citizens.

The cooperation document was endorsed in a ceremony in Moscow on May 8.

After the ceremony, Lavrov said that the protocol will improve relations between the Iranian and Russian nations, especially the traders.

Tehran and Moscow have in recent years made efforts to further increase their economic and trade cooperation to confront the US sanctions against both nations.

In a relevant development late in April, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov in a meeting in Moscow explored avenues for widening economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides discussed cooperation in the field of auto-manufacturing, railroad and airplane manufacturing as well as issues on joint cooperation commission slated to be held in June.

   
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