0753 GMT January 15, 2021
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to travel to Russia and Azerbaijan on Monday and Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, especially the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a Twitter message on Thursday said that the Iranian foreign minister will talk about Nagorno-Karabakh issue, bilateral relations and recent developments in the region during his visit to Russia and Azerbaijan, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that Zarif will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Moscow.
She said that both diplomats are expected to discuss the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, latest developments in the Persian Gulf region and issues related to Syria and Afghanistan.
The Russian official added that they will also talk about joint plans in energy, transportation, and expansion of cultural relations.
The Iranian foreign minister also plans to visit Baku to hold talks with Azerbaijani officials.
Azerbaijan recently reached a cease-fire agreement with Armenia following nearly 45 days of war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The flare-up was the deadliest confrontation between the two neighbors in three decades.
Iran has been trying to help both countries peacefully resolve their dispute. Tehran also prepared a plan aimed at permanent resolution of the dispute that was delivered to the warring sides, Russia and Turkey.