(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The summit of the Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan on Wednesday ended with the signing of a joint statement.
Before signing the joint statement, the president announced the realisation of the goals of the first tripartite summit in Baku and said: "At the Baku Summit, in addition to regional macro-issues, we emphasised three special economic issues, including transportation sector and the North-South Corridor, energy, electricity and oil and gas sectors, as well as the area of structural change for the development of economic cooperation. I am pleased to announce today that we have taken good steps in all three areas”.
Dr Rouhani added: “In the field of transportation and the North-South Corridor, the connection of the Bandar Abbas rail to Helsinki through Tehran, Rasht, Astara, Baku, and then Moscow and St. Petersburg to Europe is developing rapidly”.
The president noted the steps taken by the three countries in the field of energy cooperation and said: “Major Russian oil companies are negotiating with Iranian parties to invest in Iran's oil projects, which will be very effective”.
Dr Rouhani said: "We are talking with Azerbaijani oil and gas companies about bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of exploration and exploitation in the Caspian Sea”.
The president also said that in the area of structural change in the development of economic cooperation, Iran will soon develop relations with the Eurasian Union and harmonize standards between the three countries and establish a green corridor of customs, along with the development of banking cooperation and exchanges with the national currency and connecting banking networks”.
The president expressed hope that any tripartite meeting would be a new step for further cooperation and interactions between Tehran, Moscow and Baku, and once again thanked the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan for visiting Tehran, and expressed hope that the next meeting of the three countries in Moscow will take another great step.