Azerbaijan president to begin official visit to Iran

ITAR-TASS News Agency
January 24, 2005 Monday 3:40 AM Eastern Time

Azerbaijan president to begin official visit to Iran

By Sevindzh Abdullayeva, Viktor Shulman

President Ilkham Aliyev of Azerbaijan begins a three-day official
visit to Iran on Monday. He left for Teheran by plane on Monday

This is the first official visit of the Azerbaijanian president to
Iran. At least eight inter-governmental agreements, mainly of
economic character, will be signed during the visit.

According to diplomatic sources in Baku, the Azerbajanian head of
state is to have meetings with President Mohammad Khatami of Iran and
other leaders of the country.

During the meetings, the sides are expected to discuss all problems
of bilateral relations, as well as issues of regional security,
cooperation within the framework of international organizations,
settlement of the Karabakh conflict and defining of the Caspian Sea
legal status.

Besides, they are to sign an agreement on Iran’s allocating one
million dollars for the construction of a bridge across the Araks
River. Iran also intends to give Azerbaijan a credit of 40 million
dollars to build a Baku-Astara highway.