Speaking in a press conference with foreign media in Baku on Friday, Ilham Aliyev made the remarks while commenting on the prospect of Iran and Azerbaijan cooperation in the post-Karabakh war era in response to a question by Iran’s Mehr News Agency correspondent.
The Azeri President referred to Iran’s participation in reconstruction of Karabakh, stressing the significance of the two countries' cooperation in stabilizing the region and its people’s prosperity.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a visit to Azerbaijan in January voiced Tehran’s readiness for an active and extensive presence in the reconstruction of territories in Karabakh.
Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but has been occupied by ethnic Armenian separatists since 1992 when they broke from Azerbaijan in a war that killed some 30,000 people, Press TV wrote.
The latest armed conflict between the two ex-Soviet republics erupted on September 27, 2020 and ended on November 10 through a Russian-brokered truce.
As part of the truce agreement, Armenia returned swathes of territory it had occupied for decades to Azeri control.
The agreement was signed after the Azerbaijani Army overwhelmed Armenian forces and threatened to advance on Karabakh’s main city of Khankendi, which Armenians call Stepanakert after a 19th-century Bolshevik militant.
He noted that he knows that Iranian companies are ready to take part in the restoration of the war-torn areas, adding that recently a high-ranking Azeri delegation has visited Iran to discuss the issue of cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan including the Khodaafarin project in the border area of the two countries.
More in his press conference on Friday, President Aliyev stressed that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate with Iran and has allocated the required budget for the projects.
Referring to his visit to border areas between Iran and his country, the Azeri President said that he himself has visited the area and believes that Tehran and Baku can create a lot of business and transportation opportunities for mutual cooperation.