TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev held high-profile in Tehran on Wednesday.
Rouhani said there is no obstacle to expand ties between the two neighboring countries.
The fraternal relations will serve the interests of both countries and regional stability, the Iranian president noted.
As two neighbors Iran and Azerbaijan share historical, religious, cultural, and ethnic links.
Rouhani said the great potential in different economic sectors has provided a good opportunity to expand relations.
The Iranian president suggested that the two countries form a joint economic committee to increase ties.
He went on to say that Iran is ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in implementing energy projects such as building electrical power plants, adding that the two countries’ private sectors should be encouraged to invest in such spheres.
He also said that promoting tourism is essential in effort to expand bilateral ties.
Aliyev, for his part, emphasized the need to expand political, cultural and economic relations between the two countries.
In January, Rouhani and Aliyev met each other on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and discussed bilateral relations.
Aliyev voiced his country’s support for Iran’s nuclear energy program, saying Tehran has legitimate right to use nuclear energy for civilian purposes.
He also put emphasis on the need to resolve the Caspian Sea legal regime through more consultations.
Iran and Azerbaijan sign four cooperation agreements
During their meeting on Wednesday the presidents of two countries also signed three memorandums of understanding and one agreement for bilateral cooperation.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov for dealing with unexpected incidents.
The second MOU was inked by Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi and Azeri Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Huseyn Baghirov.
The third MOU was signed by Iranian Youth and Sports Minister Mahmoud Goudarzi and Mammadyarov.
The cooperation agreement for constructing two hydroelectric power plants in Azerbaijan was signed by Azeri Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian.
Iran does not accept any change in geographical borders of the regional countries
During a joint press conference on Wednesday, Rouhani said that changing regional countries’ geographical borders is not acceptable.
He voiced Iran’s readiness to resolve regional problems, specifically the Nagorno-Karabakh, within the framework of international regulations.
Rouhani went on to say that such disputes should be resolved politically and in a peaceful way.
Aliyev praised Iran’s stance in this respect and emphasized the need to maintain Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 between Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that, the Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The UN Security Council's four resolutions condemned the occupation of Azerbaijan territory and demanded the withdrawal of the Armenians.