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Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:5PM
File photo shows travelers crossing a checkpoint along Iran-Azerbaijan border.

File photo shows travelers crossing a checkpoint along Iran-Azerbaijan border.

Iran and Azerbaijan have agreed to set up a joint border crossing point in a bid to facilitate trade and travels by Iranian and Azeri nationals. Mohammad-Reza Naderi, deputy head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, made the announcement on Wednesday in a meeting with his Azeri counterpart Asker Abdullayev at Astara Customs Office along Iran-Azerbaijan border. “Given more than USD500 million worth of commodity exchanges and the travel of one million passengers per year via Iran-Azerbaijan border, establishment of a border customs post would accelerate customs formalities and boost exchanges between the two countries,” Naderi said. He added that a joint border crossing point between the two neighbors would improve and facilitate Tehran-Baku trade. Abdullayev, for his part, voiced his country’s readiness for the expansion of customs cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan. He said continued talks and coordination between customs officials from the two countries would increase trade exchanges. KA/SS