Iran, Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan to work toward peace, stability

Baku, March 15, IRNA – The First Quadrilateral Meeting of Iran, Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan Ministers of Foreign Affairs urged in a joint statement consolidation of cooperation to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mikheil Janelidze, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Elmar Mammadyarov the respective Iranian, Georgian, Turkish and Azeri foreign ministers attended the event in the Azeri capital on Thursday to explore and extend quadrilateral cooperation on all possible areas with the aim to ensure prosperity for the people of the four countries.

The full text of the joint final statement follows:

The Ministers,

Emphasized their commitment to the principles and norms of the United Nations Charter;

Reaffirmed commitment to further enhance solidarity and cooperation among the peoples of the four countries based on deep-rooted historical and cultural ties that will serve to strengthen peace, stability, prosperity in the region;

Expressed their satisfaction with the growing cooperation among their countries and reaffirmed their strong commitment for further developing their cooperation based on the enhanced partnership, good neighborhood, mutual respect and trust;

Emphasized their common interest to strengthen regional peace and stability, in this context stressed their commitment to principles of international law on respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states as well as peaceful settlement of all conflicts in the region;

Agreed to explore and extend quadrilateral cooperation on all possible areas with the aim to ensure prosperity for the people of the four countries;

Underlined the significance of consultations on regional and global issues of common interest at different levels and platforms, and within the framework of international and regional organizations with a view to enhancing regional and international peace, security and stability;

Agreed to use the existing potential for promotion of investments and trade, as well as to support cooperation by implementing the joint projects and programs, where it is appropriate, in the field of energy, transport, finance, telecommunication, information communication technology (ICT), industry, agriculture, tourism and environment;

Underlined the significant steps taken to increase the transit potential of the four countries geographically favorably situated on international transit corridors in order to integrate their national transport infrastructure to the international transit system;

Stressed the importance of further enhancement of cooperation for implementation of new projects in order to develop transport infrastructure and increase transit potential of the four countries on “South-West” route starting from Iranian Ports of Bandar-Abbas and Chabahar at Persian Gulf through Rasht-Astara connecting to Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway;

Underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of civil aviation to reach the high potential as well as to further benefit from the geographical advantages of the four countries;

Expressed their willingness to enhance commercial collaboration in the oil, natural gas and petrochemical fields;

Agreed to encourage relations among the banking networks of the four countries according to their respective national legislations and to share experience and information on international banking procedures as well as on combating money-laundering and financing terrorism;

Underlined the importance to cooperate within the framework of global and regional economic organizations;

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