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    Iran-Azerbaijan bilateral ties soar to a higher level

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    Iran and its northern neighbor's bilateral ties soar to a higher level. Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan are two neighbors which share over 600 kilometers of land borders, and also border each other in the Caspian Sea as well. The historical and cultural roots the two neighbors have in common demonstrate the importance of the third official visit to Iran by the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev. In his one-day visit, President Aliyev is seeking to cement ties with Iran and also to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Both countries are determined to expand cooperation in different spheres, believing there are no obstacles on the way of expansion of ties between Tehran and Baku. "I believe that this trip will result in important steps in expanding the ties between Iranian and Azerbaijani nations. Here, I officially invite President Rouhani to my country in order to continue our new phase of relations", said Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan's President. Iran's regional policy in enhancing relations with neighboring countries has entered a new phase since President Hassan Rouhani won the election in July 2013. "I would like to announce that there are absolutely no obstacles in the way of expansion of ties between Iran and Azerbaijan", said Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani. The trip will open a new chapter in political, cultural, and economic relations between the two neighbors, as a number of MOUs were signed by the two countries' ministers to cooperate in areas such as trade, sports, energy, and construction. One of such agreements is to build power plants at the border River Aras. Iran's Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian told us: "Based on today's agreement, two power plants will be built on the two sides of Aras River. The two power plants will use the common water to produce electricity and then the water will pour back into the river". Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established a year later. Data from the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan show that trade turnover between the two countries amounted to over $280 million in 2013. The two presidents have stressed that Tehran and Baku are willing to increase their trade volume and further improve relations, which they say will help promote stability in the region.