Azerbaijani president hails regular Baku-Tehran political talks, calls for stronger bilateral cooperation

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has praised the regular political negotiations between Baku and Tehran, and called for further development of bilateral cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

“I appreciate the regular political talks between Baku and Tehran and cooperation in a number of areas. I believe there are many prospects for further development of our mutually beneficial cooperation,” Aliyev wrote in a message addressed to his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raeisi on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Iran.

The Azerbaijani president added that the willpower of the two nations, which has its roots in religious and cultural commonalities, forms the basis for ties between the two countries, highlighting that the relations are based on mutual respect and good neighborliness.

“The high level of our friendly relations is the result of joint activities of our countries over the past 30 years. Over the years, numerous reciprocal trips, signed documents and agreements, as well as joint projects have played an important role in the development of our dynamic cooperation in political, economic, transport, energy, cultural and other fields,” Aliyev noted.

He also urged the establishment of trade ties between Iran and Karabakh and East Zangezur economic regions.

The regions came under the control of Azerbaijan after Yerevan and Baku fought a war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The six-week conflict, which claimed more than 6,500 lives on both sides, ended in November 2020 with a Russian-brokered deal that left Azerbaijan largely in control of the territory.

Aliyev then pointed to the reconstruction projects in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and called for participation of Iranian companies in the process in near future.

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