Khatami stresses Tehran, Baku joint will to expand ties

Khatami stresses Tehran, Baku joint will to expand ties

IRNA web site, Tehran
7 Aug 04

Baku, 7 August: President Mohammad Khatami here Friday night 6 August
stressed the firm will of Iranian and Azeri officials to expand ties
and promote cooperation in various areas.

During a meeting with Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, the
president referred to the economic, scientific and technical
collaboration and mutual investments of the two countries as the most
important areas of cooperation.

He also pointed to other areas for potential cooperation, saying Iran
is ready to exchange university instructors with Azerbaijan.

Khatami also pointed to the countries’ mutual investments in recent
years in their oil, gas, petrochemical and mineral sectors as well as
the measures taken to strengthen bilateral relations, and said this
very fruitful cooperation ca n be extended to the areas of generating
electricity and building dams as well as power plants.

He urged faster implementation of agreements already signed by Tehran
and Baku to their mutual benefit as well as those of regional

Mammadyarov described the current visit of the Iranian president to
his country as a turning point in bilateral relations.

He also recalled the historical ties between the two states and
stressed his country’s will to strengthen ties with Iran in all areas.

In a separate meeting with the Azeri Minister of Economic Development
Farhad Aliyev on the same day (Friday), Khatami underlined the
importance of increasing bilateral cooperation in the economic field.

He pointed to IT, ICT, communications, oil, gas and petrochemicals as
areas where the two countries can cooperate profitably.

Aliyev, noting the increasing volume of trade exchanges between the
two countries, acknowledged the deepening ties between the two
countries and said his country was keen to make Iran a transit route
for exports of its crude oil.

President Khatami, heading a high-ranking political and economic
delegation, arrived in Azerbaijan Republic’s capital of Baku on
Thursday for a three-day visit upon the official invitation of his
Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev.

Talks between the two presidents is expected to conclude in the
issuance of separate joint statements on political subjects,
particularly the issue of the Caspian Sea.

The president and his entourage will leave Baku for Tehran on Saturday
after visiting the historical city of Ganja and paying tribute to the
12th century prominent Iranian poet Nezami Ganjavi, who is buried in
the city, and the ancient Shah Esma’il Mosque.

The Azerbaijan Republic is situated in eastern Transcaucasia on the
western coast of the Caspian Sea. To the south, it is bounded by Iran,
to the west by Armenia, to the northwest by Georgia, and to the north
by the Russian Republic of Dagestan.