Iran, Azerbaijan explore avenues of co-op in transportation

Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister, held talks with his Azeri counterpart discussed expansion of ties.

As reported Mr.Eslami mentioned the followings:
– Two countries historical relations
– Cultural similarities
– The need for boosting cooperation in all areas

Referring to the upcoming Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Transportation Cooperation Committee meeting in Tehran, he noted:

“This event is a good opportunity to overcome the obstacles and problems in the way of our below mentioned  joint projects connecting Azerbaijan’s roads network to the Rasht-Astara highway:

– the Astara (Iran) -Astara (Azerbaijan) freeway

– the joint border bridge

– the new terminal

Eslami further pointed to the Rasht-Astara(Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway project.

“the project holds great significance for both sides since it is situated in the North-South Corridor and can have a significant role in increasing transit for both countries”.

The Azeri minister of transport, communications and high technologies, highlighted the importance of transport relations between the two countries.

“We are working to increase the level of trade and economic relations between the two countries.”

In early June, a high-ranking Iranian delegation comprising a number of MP’s as well as representatives of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), visited the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to discuss ways to expand bilateral trade ties.

The delegation met with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev and held talks on joint projects and discussed future cooperation in economic areas.

The major subjects discussed in the meeting:

– Establishing the North-South corridor

– Launching an automobile plant

– Co-manufacturing heavy trucks

– Establishing a joint pharmaceutical plant

– Increasing the volume of trade between the two countries

– Facilitating activities of the Iranian private sector in Azerbaijan.

In March, Iran and Azerbaijan held their 13th Joint Economic Committee meeting in Baku which was followed by a business and investment forum.

Talks between representatives of the two countries were held within the framework of eight committees, including the followings:

– Trade and Industry

– Investment

– Finance and Banking

– Customs and Borders

– Transportation and Transit

– Energy and Environment

– Agriculture and Health

– Tourism



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