Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
A part of the 132-kilometer Azerbaijani-Iranian border remains uncontrolled due to the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, and this causes serious concern, chief of the State Border Service (SBS) of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Elchin Guliyev said.
He made the remarks during the meetings held within the framework of his visit to Tehran Dec. 2-4 at the invitation of Iran’s major general, Border Guard Commander Ghasem Rezaee.
Meetings were held with Ghasem Rezaee and chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Colonel General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri within the visit.
During the meetings, the sides stressed importance of the decisions made at the meetings of the heads of state of Azerbaijan and Iran, the development and strengthening of historical, religious, cultural, economic relations between the two countries, as well as high level of ties between their border structures.
During the discussions, the parties exchanged views on conditions at the state border, border crossing points and the Caspian Sea.
The sides noted the importance of joint efforts to combat border security threats, including international terrorism, drug trafficking, smuggling, illegal migration and other cross-border crimes.
The parties also exchanged views on the organization of activity at the Astara railway checkpoint as an integral part of the International North-South Transport Corridor, which is of great economic importance for Azerbaijan and Iran, simplification of procedures for cargo and vehicles’ crossing the border and strengthening border security measures.
For convenient travel of citizens of the two countries, as well as in order to develop tourism, the sides noted the expediency of extending the work of the Astara and Bilasuvar border checkpoints.
As a positive indicator of mutual cooperation, the sides stressed the growth in the volume of vehicles and persons that crossed the state border in 2017, as well as two-times decrease in the cases of violations of the state border.