President Aliyev: Co-op between Azerbaijan and Iran excellent
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.7
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The president stressed the importance of holding the first meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia in Baku.
President Aliyev said the trilateral meeting will open a new page in the history of regional cooperation and will contribute to the strengthening of peace and stability in the region.
President Aliyev said the issues of cooperation between the two countries in political, economic, security, energy, transport, fight against terrorism and other fields will be reviewed during Zarif`s visit to the country.
The president said the two countries` views coincide in these areas.
President Aliyev noted the visit creates a good opportunity for exchanging views over the topics covering the bilateral ties.
The president recalled his recent visit to Iran, saying he once again thanked President Hassan Rouhani for hospitality when they had a phone conversation yesterday.
President Aliyev said the two countries reached agreement on a number of issues and signed several documents during the visit.
The president emphasized that this paved the way for the development of cooperation between the two countries, and described his visit as historical.
President Aliyev also hailed cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iran as excellent. He said Azerbaijan is interested in developing the relations and expressed his confidence that the two countries will reach their goals.
President Aliyev said Azerbaijan and Iran always support each other within international organizations.
Zarif conveyed greetings of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to President Aliyev.
The FM recalled President Aliyev`s visit to Iran, saying this trip made a historical contribution to the development of the two countries` ties.
Zarif underscored the importance of the trilateral format of cooperation, which was initiated by Azerbaijan and implemented with consent of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said that together with his Russian and Azerbaijani counterparts they already started to discuss various fields of cooperation.
The Iranian FM said there are good opportunities for cooperation in transit, customs, fight against terrorism, as well as tourism, culture and other fields.
Zarif said this trilateral format created historical conditions for developing the trilateral cooperation among the countries and expanding Iran's bilateral ties with Azerbaijan and Russia.
President Aliyev thanked for the greetings of President Hassan Rouhani and asked the FM to extend his greetings to the Iranian president.