Azerbaijan keen to strengthen economic connections with Iran, according to Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister

Despite political rifts generated by an attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran in late January, Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev says his country is committed to increasing commercial and economic ties with Iran.

Iran (IMNA) - On Monday, Shahin Mustafayev, co-chair of an intergovernmental economic committee between Iran and Azerbaijan, stated that Baku hopes to complete cooperative border projects with Iran to assist promote bilateral commerce.

Mustafayev made the statements during a meeting with Iranian transportation minister and co-chair of the Iran-Azerbaijan joint economic committee Mehrdad Bazrpash in the Iranian border city of Astara.

"Azerbaijan believes in expanding continued and stable cooperation with Iran," he said, adding that 2,452 Iranian enterprises are already functioning in Azerbaijan as a consequence of the two countries' strengthening economic connections.

Prior to the meeting, Mustafayev and Bazrpash visited an incomplete bridge on the Astarachay river, which runs between Iran and Azerbaijan. The initiative aims to make it easier for freight trucks to transit between the two nations.

The meeting in Astara on Monday was attended by senior government officials from both sides, including regional governors.

The meeting comes five months after Baku opted to vacate its embassy in Tehran following an attack on the mission that Tehran blamed on the attacker's personal intentions.

During a recent Non-Aligned Movement conference in Baku, Iranian and Azerbaijani leaders attempted to mend ties.

Both nations have shares in a large international transportation corridor project that runs across their respective regions.

In recent years, Tehran and Baku have increased their energy cooperation through a gas exchange agreement that now includes Turkmenistan.

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