Oct 11, 2021, 11:50 AM
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Tehran-Baku ties should not be affected by media hype: Iran FM

Tehran, IRNA - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hossein Amirabdollahian has said that media propaganda should not have a negative impact on Baku-Tehran relationship, noting that his Azeri counterpart has the opportunity to visit Iran.

Amirabdollahian made the remarks in an interview with Russia's state-run TV network, underlining that as foreign minister of Armenia visited Tehran on recent days, Azerbaijan Republic's FM can also travel to the Iranian capital.


One of priorities of Iranian government's foreign policy is focusing on neighboring states, including northern neighbors, the foreign minister said, adding that Azerbaijan and Armenia are considered two good neighbors of the Islamic Republic.


Iran cannot collaborate with one neighbor against the other one, because Tehran pursues a balanced foreign policy and that means the Islamic Republic is keen to arrange the relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia based on mutual interests, he argued.


The Iranian top diplomat underlined that he is ready to visit the capitals of both neighboring states in due time.


Pointing to his talks with his Azeri counterpart, Amirabdollahian said that he had a friendly and frank discussion with Jeyhun Bayramov on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, expressing concern about foreign intervention in the region as well as change of geopolitics.


The foreign minister also went on to say that presence of terrorist elements in the region is an important issue, which has been raised during diplomatic talks between Azeri and Iranian officials, adding that in recent weeks, Baku has vowed to embark on cleansing the border areas from terrorists.


Emphasizing cultural and religious commonalities between Azerbaijan and Iran as big assets to help manage political issues, Amirabdollahian ruled out foreign intervention and media hype, which attempt to portray an unrealistic image of the situation.


As to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's proposition for resolving dispute in the Caucasus, the Iranian FM stated that there are various plans for the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis, including 3+3 format, which was suggested by Russia.


Moscow suggested the establishment of a new format in the Caucasus, comprising three Caucasian states - Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia - and their three big neighbors - Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

Amirabdollahian further pointed out recent remakes made by Azeri officials, saying that Iran sees such harsh remarks as unconstructive, noting that both neighboring states can find ways to find a brilliant path for future relations.


Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to his talks with Lavrov on mutual and regional issues, saying that both sides stressed Moscow and Tehran should do their best to expand cooperation in all fields.

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