Tehran, Iran, Aug. 24
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
One of the priorities of Iran's policy is to strengthen the relations with neighboring countries and to develop the mutually beneficial cooperation, Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayin told Trend in connection with the week of the state in the country.
Pak Ayin stressed that the development of relations between Iran and Azerbaijan is an example for the neighboring countries. The country's diplomatic corps resolved some issues that could affect the positive development of relations between Baku and Tehran and was able to create stable atmosphere of trust using the existing potential.
The ambassador said that the Caucasus is of strategic importance and close relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, which is an important country in the region, are among the achievements of President Rouhani's government.
Pak Ayin said that the discussions on the nuclear program were a top priority for the country's diplomatic corps for the last two years. But despite this, the basis was prepared for the development of political, cultural and economic relations with neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan.
The ambassador added that the economic relations between Iran and Azerbaijan have been a priority for the last two years and this contributed to the growth of trade between the two countries in the non-oil sector.
"The oil exchange continued," he said. "The investments in Shah Deniz gas project, the simplification of the visa regime, the issuance of visas to Iranian citizens on the border with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, the regulation of customs issues, especially, the opening of a new building of the Bilasuvar border checkpoint, are the achievements. I also want to mention the opening of the Julfa Bridge, signing of the document among the railway departments of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia to improve the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railroad. The development of the relations between private companies of the two countries, the export of Iranian cars to Azerbaijan, the exchange of electricity, the visits of Azerbaijani tourists to Iran are also the achievements of the two countries in the economic sphere."
Pak Ayin stressed that organizing of mutual visits of officials of the two countries shows that Azerbaijan and Iran are interested in the development of bilateral relations. The development of these relations, along with mutual benefit and strengthening of stability in the region, can turn the countries into the strategic allies.
"Iran and Azerbaijan have good economic relations," he said. "Moreover, our countries can become the guarantors of peace and stability in the region by developing and implementing the programs to remove the existing threats."
The goal of the week of state in Iran is to honor the memory of President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar killed in a terrorist attack in the office of the Prime Minister of Iran on August 30, 1981.
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