Azerbaijan to establish new communication links with Iran
Azerbaijan and Iran have signed an agreement to establish new transmission and electricity supply links linking mainland Azerbaijan with its enclave of Nakhichevan via Iran.
Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Rostam Ghasemi signed the relevant memorandum of understanding on March 11. and humanitarian cooperation in Baku.
According to the memorandum, the two countries plan to establish new railway, highway, communication and energy supply lines connecting Azerbaijan’s East Zangazur economic region and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through Iranian territory. . Four bridges will be built over the Araz River, including two highways (with a pedestrian crossing) and two railway lines.
At the March 11 meeting, Ghasemi expressed hope that relations between the two countries would reach an even higher level.
“Given the geopolitical position of our countries, it is expected to increase the transit potential. In the North-South Corridor, this transit will peak,” Ghasemi said.
He added that the activation of transport corridors that would connect two countries was in the spotlight.
In turn, Shahin Mustafayev said that some 2,050 Iranian companies are successfully operating in Azerbaijan. He added that Iranian companies “would also be involved in restoration works in the liberated territories”, referring to Azerbaijani lands liberated from Armenian occupation in 2020. The minister said Iranian companies would also operate in industrial parks and the Araz Valley Economic Zone.
According to Mustafayev, “despite the pandemic, the volume of road freight transport between Azerbaijan and Iran has increased by 70%”.
Meanwhile, Hikmat Hajiyev, assistant to the Azerbaijani president and head of the presidential administration’s foreign affairs department, called the memorandum of understanding a “historic event”. According to him, as a result of the implementation of this project, “Armenia’s long-term policy on the blockade of Nakhchivan will come to an end”.
Hikmat Hajiyev noted that the project changes the transport and communications landscape of the region as a whole. According to him, the project creates the basis of a new corridor in Eurasia, including roads, railways, power lines and digital communications, connecting Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey.
“We are confident that the new corridor will open up favorable opportunities for regional cooperation, development and prosperity for the peoples of the region, as well as the expansion of economic and trade ties,” Hajiyev added.
The importance of the memorandum between Azerbaijan and Iran was also stressed during the meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Minister Rostam Ghasemi on March 11.
According to a report by Azertag, it was noted that the new corridor would become an important international corridor for both transportation and electricity supply. The meeting also highlighted the measures being taken to put into operation a new transport road, which will be a branch of the North-South transport corridor, which will create a good basis for cooperation both in the east-west and in the north. -South. direction.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan and Iran also signed the “Protocol of the 15th Meeting of the State Commission for Economic, Trade and Humanitarian Cooperation”. Other documents were also signed between the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Azerbaijan and the Iranian Organization of Small Industries and Industrial Parks, as well as between radio and television organizations of the two countries.