Iran, Azerbaijan agree to build bridge on border river of Astarachay
Iranian and Azerbaijani governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly finance and construct a bridge on Astarachay, the river that separates the Iranian city of Astara from its namesake town on the other side of the border.
The MoU was signed on Wednesday between Iran’s transportation minister Mohammad Eslami and Azerbaijan’s deputy prime minister Shahin Mustafayev in a meeting in Baku.
Azerbaijani media reported that the agreement would cover the construction of a major road bridge as well as a pedestrian crossing on Astarachay.
A report by the Iranian transportation ministry said that the bridge would connect the Astara-Baku Highway in Azerbaijan to the Astara-Ardabil Ring Road on the Iranian side of the border.
The report said the new connection would boost trade ties between Iran and Azerbaijan as the two countries plan to set up a new terminal on the border for processing road traffic.