During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 12th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Baku, The Leader of Baku Muslims and Head of the Caucasus Muslims Administration AllahShukur Pashazadeh appreciated the efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran aimed at broadening and promoting the Islamic culture and teachings, considered the frequenting of Iranian and Azerbaijani officials between two countries' capitals as a factor at the service of strengthening bilateral ties more than ever before.
Ahmadinejad, for his part, said that, "The two countries' brotherly relations must be expanded and strengthened comprehensively in all possible fields."
Pashazadeh was also agreed with Ahmadinejad on the point of comprehensive expansion of relations and cooperation between the two nations, particularly in cultural field as a dire need of the day.
ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey with the aim of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member states. The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Republic of Azerbaijan hosting the 12th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) meeting in Baku in October 2012, is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west, and Islamic Republic of Iran to the south.