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Iran-Azerbaijan Relations: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Re-opening of Iran-Azerbaijan ties

In early 2019, Mohammad Bagheri, Iran’s Chief of General Staff of the armed forces began his two-day visit to Baku and met with the president of Azerbaijan. This was the first time since Azerbaijani independence that the highest military leaders of Iran visited the country, which signifies a new era of strengthening ties between the nations. In the meeting, the 2 countries agreed to expand bilateral relations, further strengthen their military and security cooperation, increase trade, and work mutually on the completion of the North-South Corridor, which aims to expand regional trade by ship, rail, and road. The cooperation between both nation in all those areas have proceeded as agreed, and have now grown to a high level.

2. Significant rise of trade in 2019

Since the re-opening of relations at the beginning of 2019, Trade between Iran and Azerbaijan has grown by 2.2 times, according to Tehran Times Daily, as Iran and Azerbaijan have made investments in many areas, and Iran’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Farhad Dejpasand confirmed that the trade between the 2 nations will grow further in the near future. “The number of Iranian companies active in Azerbaijan has also grown by more than 34 per cent in the past six months,” Dejpasand said. The economic relationship between the 2 nations has been the largest area of expansion.

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