BAKU, November 12. /TASS/. Rapprochement between Iran and Azerbaijan is not spearheaded against any other third party, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Wednesday after summit talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev.
As the two countries develop their relations, they seek to assure their interests, peace and stability both at home and in the entire region, and speedier development, Rouhani said.
He indicated that both countries can contribute to each other’s development and boost cooperation in trade, the energy sector, construction of power plants, and assimilation of novel technologies.
Iran and Azerbaijan’s geographic position enables them to play the role of bridges for each other and to create a transport corridor from Europe to the Indian Ocean, Rouhani said.
Iran can get connection to Europe via the Caucasus and Azerbaijan while the latter country can get access to the southern seas via the Iranian territory, he added, calling for a soonest possible construction of railways between Qazvin and Resht in Iran and between Resht and Astara in Azerbaijan. This will help the two countries link up their railway systems directly and will furnish Iran with a railway access to Russia and farther on to Europe.
Rouhani also mentioned other areas for cooperation like fisheries, environmental protection of the Caspian Sea and utilization of its resources, tourism, cross-border projects, and struggle with drugs trafficking.
Iranian and Azerbaijani authorities will not allow any outside forces to sow the seeds of discord in their relations, he said and promised Iranian support for Azerbaijan in international multilateral formats, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation /OIC/.