Foreign ministers of Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey issued the final statement of the 5th Trilateral Meeting in Baku on Wednesday, stressing upholding of their common interests.
ECO-IEST: At the invitation of Elmar Mammadyarov, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and with participation of Mohammad Javad Zarif, minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mevlut Cavusoglu, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the Fifth Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs convened in Baku.
The outline the statement follows:
Emphasized their commitment to the Urumieh, Nakhchivan, Van and Ramsar Statements adopted in the previous Trilateral Meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs;
Underlined their commitment to the further expand cooperation particularly in the areas that would contribute to economic progress and sustainable development;
Emphasized their common interest to strengthen peace and stability in the region and stressed in the context their commitment to principles of international law, including in particular, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of internationally recognized borders and peaceful settlement of all disputes;
Agreed to strengthen economic-trade cooperation, to use the existing potential for promotion of investments and trade, as well as to support promotion of cooperation by implementing of the joint projects and programs in the field of energy, transport, banking, telecommunication, industry, agriculture, tourism and environment;
Underlining the significant steps taken to increase the transit potential of the three countries situated on the international transit corridors and geographically favorably located as well as to integrate to the international transit system, stressed upon the importance of further enhancement of cooperation for implementation of the new projects for development of transport infrastructure and increase of transit potential;
Underlining the significance of participation of the three countries in large-scale international transport projects, which are strategically important for increase of the quantity and quality of the competitive transit transportation between the Asia and Europe, for socio-economic development, welcomed the launching of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway which creates favorable conditions to use the transit potential of the three countries on 'Eat-West', 'South-West', 'North-South' routes, stressed the importance to take necessary steps for earliest completion of Rasht-Astara railway;
Underlined the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of civil aviation to reach the high potential as well as to further benefit from the geographical advantages of the three countries; Expressed their willingness to enhance commercial collaborations in the petroleum, gas and petrochemical fields;
Agreed to develop and enhance relations among the banking networks of the three countries and to share experience and information on international banking procedures as well as on combating money-laundering and financing terrorism;
Stressed the importance of continued cooperation among three countries to build and run information infrastructures in order to bridge the digital divide in the region;
Underlined the importance to cooperate within the framework of global and regional economic organizations, to attract the attention of these organizations to the priority spheres, such as trade, transport, tourism, agriculture, communication, and energy as well as to promote and support implementation of the projects in the common interest of the three countries by these institutions;
Emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation to mitigate and prevent environmental degradation, with a view to attaining the relevant goals of 2030 sustainable development agenda adopted by the United Nations in September 2015;
Agreed to positively evaluate the candidatures of three countries in the international or regional organizations and in this vein, welcomed the candidature of Baku for hosting Word EXPO-2025 in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
Emphasized their commitment to promote and protect human rights at the national and international level, and declared that the promotion and protection of the rights of all human begins in the world can better be achieved through cooperation and dialogue.
Stressed on importance to follow up of the decisions taken during the previous meetings as well as the Trilateral Sectoral Cooperation Action Plan for 2016-2018.
Reiterated the importance of holding regular meetings in the trilateral format to continue coordination and cooperation on regional and global issues agreed to hold the next meeting in Turkey.