Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concluded a formal visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday.

In his first visit to Azerbaijan after being elected in June 2013, Rouhani had a one-on-one meeting with President Ilham Aliyev and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Azerbaijan-Iran Business Forum in Baku.

The two heads of state also signed a joint declaration under which the two countries agreed to develop their bilateral relations and prevent any organization or person that would work against their independence and territorial integrity.

In the declaration, the parties also expressed their commitment to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia through peaceful means while voicing their dedication to cooperate with the UN on issues such as terrorism, separatist movements, the war on drugs and international organized crimes.

Nagorno-Karabakh is an Azerbaijani territory which has been under Armenian occupation.

Iran and Azerbaijan also promised to cooperate and improve relations in industry, energy and tourism while mentioning their desire to transform transport between the two countries.

In the statement, Azerbaijan expressed support for Iran’s right to a peaceful nuclear energy program.

The parties also announced their devotion to fight against Islamophobia, racism and separatism.

In the international arena, Iran is struggling with sanctions imposed by the West due to the country’s nuclear energy program, while Azerbaijan is struggling primarily with the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

Anadolu Agency