Tuesday, January 25, 2005

AzerTAj | President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev meets with Chairman of the Expediency Council of Iran Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani

AzerTAj | STATE INFORMATION AGENCY OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC: "PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN ILHAM ALIYEV MEETS WITH CHAIRMAN OF IRANIAN STATE EXPEDIENCY COUNCIL ALI AKBAR HASHEMI RAFSANJANI
[January 25, 2005, 15:17:17]

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev staying on an official visit in Tehran has met here today with Chairman of the State Expediency Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, AzerTAj correspondent report.

During the meeting, which was held in the atmosphere of sincerity, Mr. Rafsanjani first expressed his pleasure to see President Ilham Aliyev in Tehran. He also recalled his friendly relations with national leader of Azerbaijan, renowned political figure, late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev saying “what he did for his country and the whole region was of historical significance”. Chairman of the Iranian State Expediency Council also expressed satisfaction that President Ilham Aliyev is successfully following his path.

Having thanked Mr. Rafsanjani for the kind words, President Ilham Aliyev introduced members of the Azerbaijani delegation to him. He described his visit to Iran as very successful, and noted that after the visit by President Mohammad Khatami to Azerbaijan, relations between the two countries had been strengthened. “I’ve brought a large delegation with me, and a number of documents are planned to be signed during this visit,” he said.

Speaking of the processes taken place in Azerbaijan over the past year, President Ilham Aliyev dwelt on economic growth in the country, healthy economic environment created here and its promising future. “Azerbaijan will be developed even more in the next five years,” he said.

Touching upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, President Ilham Aliyev especially emphasized that “our greatest problem is occupation of Azerbaijani land by Armenia and, as a result, over million of refugees and internally displaced persons in the country.” Having described this conflict as a source of a great danger to the region, he said: “Iran has always taken a fair stance with this respect, we have always felt its support and are grateful for that.”

President Ilham Aliyev and Chairman of the State Expediency Council Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani also exchanged views on a number of other issues of mutual interest. "