Leader calls for stronger Iran-Azerbaijan ties
Press TV -(Wed Apr 9, 2014) Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called for the expansion of bilateral ties between Iran and Azerbaijan.
“Relations between the two nations and the governments must be strengthened day by day,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated during a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Tehran on Wednesday.
“Of course, the Zionist regime [of Israel], among some others, is not happy with the strong ties between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and constantly disrupts this process,” the Leader pointed out.
“But with seriousness and political will [acts of] obstructionism can be overcome.”
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hope that Aliyev’s visit to Tehran would serve to help expand cooperation in economic and regional arenas.
Aliyev, for his part, emphasized Baku’s determination to boost its ties with Tehran in various fields, including industry, trade and tourism.
He stressed that the deep-rooted ties between the two Muslim countries will never allow any third party to influence the relations between the two neighbors.
Aliev left Tehran after meeting with other senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, during his one-day visit.
The Azeri president arrived at Mehrabad International Airport on Wednesday and was welcomed by Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi.
The Azeri president’s visit to Iran came at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.