Iran, Azerbaijan back up firmer ties

29 Mar

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev meet in Tehran on March 28, 2011.

IRAN, March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI/COM) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran and Baku enjoy amicable relations and the two neighbors’ intertwined security and development call for further cooperation, Press TV Channel reported.

“Iran regards the development and progress of Azerbaijan as its own and is ready to promote bilateral cooperation in line with the two countries’ national interests,” said President Ahmadinejad in a Monday meeting with Azeri Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev, who was in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to attend the second Nowruz International Celebrations.

He added that the Iranian and Azeri people have always supported each other and pointed out that no obstacle can prevent the expansion of cordial ties between the two countries.

The Azeri official, for his part, praised Iran’s efforts to hold the celebrations on the occasion of Nowruz and the beginning of spring and said Nowruz is the feast of security and solidarity and strengthens bonds between nations.

Efendiyev expressed his country’s willingness to bolster “peaceful and stable” ties with the Islamic Republic in all spheres.

The second International Nowruz Celebrations wrapped up in Tehran on Monday after participants issued a Nowruz declaration calling on regional people to commemorate the ancient tradition of celebrating the Persian New Year and concentrate their efforts in promoting Nowruz traditions through cultural, artistic, scientific and educational programs.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.  (*)

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