Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey to continue coop. on trade, counter-terrorism

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (MNA) – Iranian foreign minister, who arrived in Baku on Tuesday to attend trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, said that the three countries are pursuing counter-terrorism and economic cooperation.

Visiting the new building of Iran’s embassy in Baku, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the meeting, which is going to be held today on Wednesday, is the fifth trilateral meeting of the three foreign ministers after the fourth meeting in Iranian city of Ramsar in the northern Mazandaranprovince in April 2016.

He added that the holding of these meetings is a good initiative, because there are many areas for cooperation between the three countries.

With regard to the Wednesday’s meeting, Zarif said “the political consultations and business, economic and banking cooperation between the three countries are on the agenda.”

Zarif said he seized the opportunity to visit the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, and they “reviewed the latest developments in bilateral relations.”

He reminded that this is his second trip to the Republic of Azerbaijan within a month, adding "this month the two countries' presidents also met in Istanbul on the sidelines of the Islamic countries summit.”

There are common fields between the two countries for cooperation like the north-south corridor and the railway between the two countries is only one of them, which will be finalized in the future meeting of Iranian-Azeri Joint Commission.

Zarif said "Iran is working closely with Azerbaijan in other areas like the Caspian Sea region and we had a good talk tonight (Tuesday night) with Mr. Aliyev and we hope we will be able to finalize all these discussions in the near future."

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