The delegation from the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan headed by its Chief, Lieutenant General Elchin Guliyev, paid an official visit to Teheran on 2-4 December 2017 upon an invitation from the Chief of the Iranian Border Guard Command, General Major Ghasem Rezaee, reports Defence.az citing the press service of the SBS.
The delegation met with Major General Ghasem Rezaee and Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran within the framework of the visit.
The parties highlighted the importance of the decisions, adopted during the meetings of the heads of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Islamic Republic of Iran. They noted that the historic, religious, cultural and economic relations between our countries are ever strengthening and that the ties between the border structures of our two countries are on the highest level.
The sides exchanged views on the conditions at the state borders, the border control check points and the Caspian Sea, and on the trends of their development for a period ahead.
They especially underlined the significance of jointly battling various threats for the security of the state borders, including international terrorism, illicit drug trafficking, contraband, illegal migration and other trans-border crimes. Our delegation informed the Iranian party about our major concerns about the fact that 132 km-extent of the Azerbaijani-Iranian border remains beyond control as a result of Armenia occupying 20% of Azerbaijani lands.
The delegations exchanged views on organizing the activities of the checkpoints at “Astara” railroad, which is a part of the North-South Transport Corridor and of crucial economic significance both for Azerbaijan and Iran. They also discussed simplification of procedures for cargo and passenger vehicles passing the borders and taking measures for strengthening the security of the borders.
It was also noted that it would be most rational to extend the working hours at “Astara” and “Bilasuvar” state checkpoints in order to make it more comfortable for the citizens of both countries and develop tourism.
The number of persons and vehicles crossing the borders has significantly risen and the cases of border violations have decreased in 2017 in comparison with previous years, which was noted as a positive indicator of our mutual cooperation.