Iran Resolved to Deepen Its Ties with Neighbors: Rouhani
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday said there is no obstacle to the expansion of Iran’s ties with its neighbors, the Republic of Azerbaijan in particular.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran always attaches importance to expanding and deepening ties with its neighbors, particularly the Republic of Azerbaijan,” Rouhani said in a phone conversation with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.
Rouhani noted that the relations between Tehran and Baku should turn to a model for the entire region, adding, “There is no restriction and barrier to the development of economic, trade, and cultural cooperation between the two countries.”
“There are very good opportunities for the expansion and reinforcement of the ties between the two countries in such fields as energy, investment, transport, trade, and tourism,” he added.
Rouhani also noted that Tehran will always stand by the people of Azerbaijan Republic and considers the security and progress of the northern neighbor as its own.
Aliyev, who had initiated the phone call, congratulated Rouhani on the recent implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers (known as the JCPOA), which he described as a great achievement for the Iranian nation and government.
“I am sure that all friends of Iran in the region and the world, just like the nation and government of the Azerbaijan Republic, are pleased with the JCPOA implementation,” he said.
“Azerbaijan seeks to enhance and deepen its ties with the Islamic Republic in all fields,” Aliyev said, expressing the hope that his upcoming visit to Tehran would pave the way for increased bilateral ties and regional cooperation.