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Iran, Azerbaijan ink five cooperation agreements during President Rouhani's visit

Source: Tehran Times (photos by Ehsan Naderipour, Islamic Republic News Agency)

The Iranian and Azeri officials signed five cooperation agreements on Wednesday to expand ties in areas of economy, renewable energy, industry, communications, and transport, IRNA reported on Wednesday. The cooperation deals were signed at the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Baku.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Baku

Rouhani stated that Iran and Azerbaijan have great capacities to expand ties.

Aliyev also said the Azeri government makes every effort to bring the two neighboring countries closer together.

The Iranian president arrived in Baku on Wednesday.

Caucasus is Iran's bridge to Europe

Prior to his trip to Baku, Rouhani stated that the Caucasus is Iran's "bridge" to Europe and Iran is also the Caucasus's bridge to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

"This bridge and multilateral relations with the Caucasus and the Central Asia should be strengthened," he added.

He also stated that Iran attaches great importance to relations with Azerbaijan.

The two countries can have good cooperation in different areas such as energy, environment, fishery and tourism, and issued related to the Caspian Sea, Rouhani stated.

He went on to say that some agreements are to be signed during this trip.

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