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2021-November-17  13:14

Iran, Azerbaijan Vow to Broaden Roads Transportation Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- An expert commission on roads transportation was held by Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, during which the two sides underlined the need to expand their cooperation in the field.

The Iranian experts delegation, headed by Managing Director of Transit Office of the Iran Roads and Transportations Organization Javad Hedayati, reviewed the ways for the two countries’ cooperation in roads transportations and facilitating it for the two nations.

Hedayati said that in the bilateral commission both the difficulties and the obstacles in the way of expansion of commercial and roads transportations between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic were discussed.

“We are determined to design and initiate new plans in collaboration with our colleagues from Azerbaijan Republic so that the projects will be defined in a goal-oriented method to facilitate the road transportation between the two countries, especially at the border points, by decreasing the transportation costs, and by taking advantage of the emerged conditions aimed at development of regional transportations, and especially in the North-South Corridor,” he said.

Anar Rezayev, the head of the Azerbaijan Republic state office for roads and transportations services, for his part, emphasized the need for increased cooperation for further facilitating transportations between the two countries.

He referred to the old ties and numerous commonalties between Iran and Azerbaijan Republic, saying that they serve as a good platform for comprehensive cooperation.

Anar Rezayev referred to the existing potentials for further expansion of cooperation in roads and transportations and transit, and expressed certainty that both sides will be benefitted from such bilateral transactions.

The Azerbaijan Republic official also said any difficulty and obstacle in the way of materializing those objectives, too, can be resolved.

Iran and Azerbaijan have 4 formal border crossings along their 750 km-long border that makes it a unique opportunity for mutual cooperation, he said.

North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) is an important common ground for regional cooperation. In this sense, Iran is seeking ways to increase road traffics to link the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, Hedayati stated.

In the meeting, Head of the State Road Transport Service of Azerbaijan Republic Anar Rezayev also emphasized on transport collaborations between the two countries, stressing the long-lasting relationships and numerous commonalities that ease future cooperation.

The commercial transactions between Iran and Azerbaijan had been increasing during the last 10 months, but the officials are dissatisfied with the 340-mln-dollar volume of trade as they believe it should be further expanded.

In October 2021, following the release of Iranian truck drivers who were captured by Azerbaijan, the previous standoff between Iran and Azerbaijan was obviated after Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov agreed to resolve their diplomatic tensions and act for the development of relations through dialogue.