Iran Ready to Help in Reconstruction of Liberated Azeri Regions: FM

Iran Ready to Help in Reconstruction of Liberated Azeri Regions: FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed the country’s readiness to take part in the process of reconstruction of the areas in the Republic of Azerbaijan that have been liberated after the most recent war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The top Iranian diplomat on Sunday held a meeting with Shahin Mustafayev, the deputy prime minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chairman of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation, who traveled to Tehran for a one-day visit.

The two officials discussed the latest developments in the Caucasus region and the bilateral cooperation between Tehran and Baku.

Expressing satisfaction with the upward trend in the trade relations and deep ties between the two nations, Amirabdollahian called the liberation of Azerbaijan’s territories the beginning of a new chapter in economic relations between the two countries and stressed the need for the two sides to use all economic capacities in the fields of trade, transport, energy and tourism.

The top Iranian diplomat referred to the capabilities of the Islamic Republic and announced that Iranian companies are ready to participate in the reconstruction of the newly liberated areas, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.

Amirabdollahian also cited the success of the two countries in vaccination against the coronavirus and underlined the need to facilitate communication between citizens of both sides and re-establish flights between the two countries.

The foreign minister reaffirmed Iran’s permanent policy to support the territorial integrity of countries, stressing that international borders are unchangeable.

For his part, the deputy prime minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed satisfaction with his constructive meetings with Iran’s ministers of oil as well as roads and urban development, saying the two countries are close to signing historic agreements in the fields of oil, gas and transportation.

Mustafayev also stressed the constructive role of the two countries' foreign ministers in overcoming the recent tensions. He said a meeting of the joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between the two countries will be held early next year.

The Azeri deputy prime minister further referred to the increase in trade exchanges between Tehran and Baku since the beginning of 2021, saying the 22% hike in trade during the pandemic indicates friendly relations and economic capacities of the two sides.

Amirabdollahian and Mustafayev also discussed the forthcoming ECO summit and the documents of bilateral agreements.

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