TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- President Hassan Rouhani has stressed the need for the promotion of bilateral relations between Iran and Azerbaijan in all areas in a phone conversation with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.
The Iranian president extended congratulations to the Azeri government and nation on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, which marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
He described Azerbaijan as a "friendly and brotherly” country to Iran, voicing confidence that the amicable ties would further deepen.
Rouhani highlighted the importance of exchanging visits by officials of the two countries in efforts to expand mutual cooperation. He also expressed hope for the speedy implementation of agreements already signed between the two countries.
Aliyev, for his part, said Tehran-Baku ties were growing thanks to efforts made by the two sides, expressing certitude that the trend would continue.
On Monday, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran signed a deal on the joint development of a feasibility study for a project to connect the energy systems of the three countries.
The agreement was signed by Russia's System Operator and state power grid holding Rosseti, Azerbaijan's state power producer Azerenerji, and Iran's Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Company Tavanir.