Azerbaijani, Iranian FMs hold bilateral meeting (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1
A bilateral meeting has been held between Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Iran, Elmar Mammadyarov and Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baku.
The meeting has been held as part of the 7th "Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process" Ministerial Conference Dec. 1.
During the meeting, the ministers appreciated the continued efforts of both sides made to develop the friendly and good neighborly relations between Iran and Azerbaijan in various fields.
The ministers noted the importance of deepening cooperation in various formats in line with the spirit of bilateral relations. In this regard, they highlighted the important role of Azerbaijan-Iran-Turkey trilateral meeting to be held in Baku on December 19-20, in terms of regional cooperation and exchanged views on the creation of new formats of trilateral cooperation.
The parties touched upon issues related to the development of the North-South transport corridor and expressed confidence that this project will link South Asia and Northern Europe and promote cooperation and prosperity throughout the regions.
The parties also discussed legal status of the Caspian Sea and expressed determination of both countries to develop the Caspian Sea as the arena of friendship and cooperation jointly with other Caspian littoral states.
During the meeting, it was emphasized that "Heart of Asia-Istanbul process" is a unique platform that combines the efforts of the participating and supporting parties in promoting stability, security and prosperity in Afghanistan, wider region and beyond. In this context, the sides highlighted importance of the 7th Baku Ministerial Conference of Istanbul Process.