0348 GMT July 24, 2021
In the meeting, which was attended by Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev and transport officials from both sides, the attendees expressed satisfaction with the upward trend of cooperation between the two neighboring countries, according to mrud.ir.
Addressing the meeting, Talibov said Iran and Azerbaijan have always had close friendship and cooperation, and now the ground is paved for the further expansion of bilateral cooperation.
“Nakhichevan has made all the necessary investments in the railway and road sectors, and therefore a window has been opened for the countries in the region to use this opportunity for increasing their relations and trade exchanges,” the official noted.
Eslami, for his part, noted that cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan is in the interest of all countries in the region, adding, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with Nakhichevan and the Republic of Azerbaijan in various fields."
During the meeting, the officials also discussed cooperation in the fields of energy, rail transport and the completion of the Nakhichevan-Mashhad railway, and connecting Nakhichevan with other regions of Azerbaijan through the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The two sides decided to establish specialized working groups to follow up the issues.
The Iranian minister, along with Shahin Mustafayev, also visited Jolfa terminal on border with Azerbaijan and several other industrial areas in the mentioned country.
Eslami stressed the two countries’ efforts and interest for expansion of trade and logistics cooperation especially in the International North-South Transit Corridor (INSTC).
According to Eslami, considering the developments in the region and the trilateral agreement among Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, the activation of the Tabriz-Nakhichevan railway through Azerbaijan and Russia is on the Iranian Roads and Urban Development Ministry’s agenda, which will expand the trade capacities of Iran and Azerbaijan as well as the countries in the region.
The official further stated that Iran and Azerbaijan have numerous opportunities and great potentials for playing an effective role in the Black Sea and Persian Gulf corridors, saying, “Both Iran and Azerbaijan are eager to use these capacities."