Zarif made the announcement in a phone call with his newly-appointed Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on July 17, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
Congratulating Bayramov on his appointment as the new foreign minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Zarif expressed Tehran’s willingness to promote bilateral ties with Baku.
Zarif also referred to the recent escalation of conflicts between the Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Azerbaijani territory of Karabakh, which lead to the death of a number of their troops and reiterated Iran’s readiness to mediate between the two neighbors for resolving the conflict.
On July 14, Zarif had exchanged views in separate telephone conversations with his Azeri and Armenian counterparts, urging the two parties to start negotiations to peacefully settle their border conflict.
At least eleven Azeri soldiers and a civilian and four Armenian troops have been killed in renewed border clashes between two former Soviet countries that fought a war in the 1990s over the mountainous Karabakh region.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi referred to the border dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan on July 16 calling on both sides to show restraint, IRNA reported.
Speaking to reporters in the northwestern city of Ardebil, Mousavi said, ”Iran believes that regional problems, especially dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, should be resolved through dialogue, and we are ready to adopt a mediatory role in the conflict."