Iranian 1st vice-president calls for Tehran-Baku co-op against terrorism

IRNA – Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri called for expansion of Tehran-Baku cooperation in tackling the extremist and terrorist groups in the sensitive region of Middle East.

In a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday evening, Jahangiri said that Tehran-Baku enjoy cordial relations in the regional and international arenas.

‘Holding Iran-Azerbaijan Republic-Turkey summit can play a pivotal role for removing obstacles on the way of expanding trilateral cooperation,’ said Jahangiri.

Stressing the importance of launching a new transport corridor connecting the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, he said that it would strengthen regional relations among Iran, Azerbaijan Republic and Georgia.

Touching upon Rasht-Astara-Baku railway, Jahangiri expressed hope that the project be completed prior to the visit of Aliyev to Tehran, without disclosing the exact time of the visit.

Referring to the defeats of Takfiri terrorist groups in the regional countries, Iraq and Syria in particular, Jahangiri said thanks to the regional states collaborations, the terrorists have been halted in the region.

Jahangiri also expressed hope that peace and tranquility could be established in the region.

He said the upcoming visit of Aliyev to Tehran would pave the way for reinforcing mutual, regional and international cooperation.

Referring to Baku-Tehran common stance for expanding relations and tackling terrorism and extremism in the region, Aliyev for his part, expressed satisfaction that there is no ground for presence of Daesh terrorists in the region.

The Azeri president also said Baku-Tehran-Ankara cooperation is vital for establishing security and bolstering economic development in the region.

He voiced the Azerbaijani Republic’s willingness for expanding industrial relations with Iran.

Aliyev said that the production line of Islamic Republic’s leading car manufacturer Iran Khodro has gone on stream in Azerbaijan Republic and the company’s products would enter the Azeri markets over the next few days.

Azeri President Aliyev and Iranian Vice President Jahangiri are in Istanbul to take part in the 9th Summit of D8 group.

The D8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8, is an organization for development co-operation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.