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President Rouhani urges enhanced relations with Azerbaijan

President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan enjoy very good potential for developing relations in various fields.

According to Press TV, in a telephone conversation with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on Monday, Rouhani added that the firm determination of the Iranian and Azeri governments and deep commonalities between the two nations had laid the groundwork for strengthening mutual relations in all fields.

He emphasized that no obstacle could hinder the expansion of political, economic, trade and cultural cooperation between the two countries, saying that the speedy implementation of agreements could further increase the level of bilateral and regional relations.

The Iranian president also called for collective efforts to fight terrorism and extremism and foster unity among Muslim countries, stressing the importance of eliminating the ideological roots of extremism in Muslim states.

The Azeri president, for his part, said relations between Tehran and Baku had always been expanding, but the past four years had been a remarkable period for both countries.

He urged the two countries’ officials to implement all agreements previously signed, saying that a railway contract would also be inked between Tehran and Baku in the near future.

Aliyev further stressed the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation on regional developments, particularly the regional stability and security as well as the joint fight against violence, extremism and terrorism.

Earlier in the day, Rouhani had offered his congratulations to the Azeri president and nation on the country’s Republic Day.