0926 GMT October 20, 2020
In a telephone conversation with the Republic of Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Vaezi strongly denied the rumors spread by social networks that Iran has offered assistance to Armenia amid the fresh wave of fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Tasnim News Agency reported.
“Such rumors are totally baseless and aimed at upsetting the good relations between Iran and Azerbaijan,” he added.
Highlighting Iran’s respect for the Republic of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, the Iranian official said ending occupation would contribute to regional stability.
“The Republic of Azerbaijan has a special and important place in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy, and we have always seized every opportunity to strengthen and broaden our relations with that country,” Vaezi stressed.
Expressing concern about the armed clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, he said Tehran is closely and seriously monitoring the developments and is ready to offer any help to settle the conflict through dialogue within the framework of international law.
Mustafayev hailed the amicable ties between Baku and Tehran, saying the two neighbors should not allow their close relations to be harmed by the hostile attempts.
Highlighting the cultural, religious and social values shared between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani deputy PM said the bilateral relations have reached a good level thanks to the efforts by the two countries’ authorities.
The military forces of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan started a new round of clashes over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, the heaviest fighting between the two countries in years.
Baku had earlier voiced concern about reports of large arms shipments from Russia to Armenia during and after the fighting.
Last month, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev complained to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, about Moscow’s arms sales to Armenia amid the outbreak of the fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia.