Culture, trade focus of talks in Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan: Rouhani

Tehran, March 27, IRNA – Iran's President Hassan Rouhani who is on his way to Turkmenistan and Republic of Azerbaijan, said one of his visits' goals is enhancing relations between Iran and the two neighboring countries.

Before leaving Tehran on Tuesday, the president told reporters that the visits will be upon official invitations by his Azerbaijani and Turkmen counterparts, and as a response to their recent visits to Iran.

The Iranian president will fly to the Repubblic of Azerbaijan on Wednesday evening to meet and confer with his Azerbaijani counterpart.

Referring to bilateral regional and international issues as the main issues in the talks with Turkmen and Azerbaijani counterparts, he said that one of the main goals of his government has been furthering the relations with neighbor countries, and that the policy will be expedited.

'I am happy to have my first visit in the new Iranian year 1397 (beginning March 2, 2018) to the two neighboring countries who we share our land and sea; the relations with the two are good, but there are more capacities that have to be tapped,' he said.

Despite good, traditional relations among the countries, another important issue is the transit, connecting the southern seas to Central Asia and Caucasus region, Rouhani said.

Relations with Caucasian countries will be made through the two countries, and currently the two connecting projects of Sarakhs and Astara are underway and following their completion, the relations will be facilitated.

Chabahar-Zahedan railway connects Chabahar port in southeast Iran to the Central Asia, and a joint Iranian-Azerbaijani project, namely Rasht-to Astara, will connect the South to Caucasia, Russia and Georgia, as well as other European countries.

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