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Iran's ambassador calls on Azerbaijan's mass media to cooperate in boosting ties

Baku, Oct 19, IRNA -- IRI Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleymani here on Monday called on Azerbaijan Republic's mass media to cooperate closely with Iran's Embassy in boosting two neighboring Muslim nations comprehensive ties.

In a meeting Monday evening with a number of Azerbaijan's mass media officials, Soleymani evaluated the role played by mass media as "quite significant in improving ties", adding, "Iran's embassy attaches great importance to strengthening relations with Azerbaijan's mass media, more than ever before."

Soleymani referred to the coincidence of his Monday meeting with the media representatives and the independence anniversary of the Azerbaijan Republic as "a blessed coincidence", arguing, "The Iranian nation and government are in favor of strengthening the Azerbaijan Republic's independence, and the improving of this republic's citizens' living standards."

The Iranian envoy considered efforts aimed at further improving of the two neighboring republics' ties, as well as safeguarding their independence as a national duty of all officials and citizens of both countries, saying, "Iran's Embassy in Baku has increased its efforts in that respect, and will spare no effort aimed at achieving that end from now on."

Considering the geographical vicinity of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan as "God's will", he added, "The two countries' mass media, too, should heed for both nations national interests, and spare no effort aimed at ever improving bilateral ties."

Head of Azerbaijan's private Touran News Agency Mehman Aliyev said during the meeting that the Iranian ambassador is one of the devoted fans of boosting Iran-Azerbaijan relations to utmost level.

He expressed hope that Soleymani's efforts in that respect would be appreciated by Azerbaijan Republic officials thoroughly, and that the two Muslim nations' ties would be boosted more than ever before during his days of service in Azerbaijan.

Aliyev also considered the appointment of Afshar Soleymani as Iran's ambassador to Baku a sign for the beginning of a new era in the two nations' amicable relations.

Appreciating the Iranian envoy's generous proposal of close and full cooperation with Azerbaijan's mass media, he said, "Such a close cooperation can serve as a successful model for other foreign embassies in Baku."

Editor in chief of the periodical 'Vatan Daash Namineh' (At Nation's Service) Moharram Zamaan said, "Hesitation about the need to boost the brotherly and close ties between the Iranian and Azerbaijani nations is wrong, because these two countries are eternal neighbors and these two nations are brothers."

Emphasizing that the Azerbaijan Republic has great expectations from its great neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran, he added, "The two republics' ties need to be improved to a level to match the friendly feeling of the two nations toward each other."

The other speakers at the meeting, too, appreciated the financial and humanitarian aide of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Azerbaijan Republic in various occasions, as well as political harmony between the two countries at the international scene, including Iran's support for Azerbaijan at the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The meeting, also attended by a number of Azerbaijani executive officials and head of various state and private organs, ended with an Iftar (fast breaking) feast at Iran's Embassy in Baku.

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