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Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia summit to take place in Tehran

24 May 2017 10:29 (UTC+04:00)
Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia summit to take place in Tehran

By Laman Ismayilova

Tehran will host a trilateral international forum involving Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced about this at a press conference.

He said the forum will be devoted to the construction of a railway, which will connect Iran to Europe via Azerbaijan and Russia, Azertac reported.

The construction of the railway will be useful to all countries in the region, the Iranian President said.

A first-ever trilateral summit between Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia convened in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, at the initiative of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in August 2016.

At the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a declaration calling for cooperation and joint efforts in combating terrorism, resolving regional conflicts, collaboration on Caspian Sea projects, and develop ties in energy, transport and other areas.

The North-South Transport Corridor project, a 7,200 kilometers marine, surface and rail route for moving freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia, was the trilateral summit's core topic.

The project seeks to provide the optimal opportunities for conveying cargo from India, Iran, and the Gulf States to Azerbaijan, Russia and onwards to Northern and Western Europe.

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