At the sideline of the meeting responding to the reporters, Eslami pointed to the details of agreements and added that commercial relations of Iran and Azerbaijan have always been increasingly constructive with determinations of the two countries. He added that even during covid-19 pandemics, there was no stagnation in expansion of commercial relations. The borders were open and commercial transactions were ongoing.
Iran has always tried to pave the way for facilitation and acceleration of relations with Azerbaijan. One case has been rail development along Astara-Astara route which led to the 25% increase in commercial transactions.
The two sides agreed to construct a new car terminal at Astara Border as the old terminal does not have needed capacity for transactions. So it was agreed to construct a car bridge at a new border crossing point and Baku-Astara Highway connects to Ardebil-Astara-Rasht Highway. The agreement will be signed in Astara next month and simultaneously the project will be launched.
Also some agreements were reached in transit. Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development told "transit and passing through Azerbaijan is an important opportunity for Iran as it activates North-South transport corridor…so we insist on activation of this corridor through road".
Facilitation for Iranian Trucks to pass through Azerbaijan without trans-ship at the border is among other important issues discussed. Unloading and transship at the border is costly as it takes time and wastes and harms freights.
Azerbaijan officials with accompanied delegation travelled to Iran to attend 14th Joint Economic Commission of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.