News ID: 275238
Published: 0130 GMT October 07, 2020

Iran officially protests to Azerbaijan, Armenia after being hit by stray shells

Iran officially protests to Azerbaijan, Armenia after being hit by stray shells

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has officially protested to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia against shelling of the Iranian soil by the two warring countries.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that separate letters of protest have been sent to Baku and Yerevan to express Tehran’s protest after the Iranian territorial integrity was violated by bullets and rockets hitting parts of the Iranian northern border areas.

He said the Iranian border guards have pursued the case in meetings with the Azeri and Armenian border guards and submitted formal letters of protest over the violation of the Iranian border territories by the two neighbors.

Azerbaijani and Armenian military forces have been engaged in heavy clashes, since late September, over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides blame each other for initiating the fighting in the Caucasus Mountains.

Iran has repeatedly expressed concern over the escalating situation in the disputed region. Senior officials of Iran have made separate contacts with their counterparts from Azerbaijan and Armenia expressing deep concern over the ongoing situation.

According to Khatibzadeh, Iran would by no means show any consideration when it comes to the security of the Iranian nationals.

“We have called on the two sides (Azerbaijan and Armenia) to respect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in light of friendly ties and the principles of good neighborliness, and take all necessary measures and security precautions to prevent a recurrence of such unacceptable incidents,” said the spokesman.

Khatibzadeh said that Iran will not forgive any act against Iranians' security.

Rockets coming from Azerbaijan and Armenia hit five Iranian villages in northwestern province of East Azarbaijan on Saturday injuring an Iranian kid and causing fear among local residents of the border areas.

Following the incident, in a meeting between the border guard officials of Iran and Azerbaijan, the Azerbai side apologized for the fired rockets and mortar shells into the Iranian territory.

The dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan was originally erupted over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh and changed into a six-year war (1988-1994), Armenia took control of the region, as well as seven counties around it. Some 35,000 people were killed and 800,000 were displaced.

The two warring parties accuse each other of initiating the conflict over the mountainous region.

Earlier on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed deep concern over the vicious cycle of violence in Karabakh, stressing that Tehran will not tolerate that its territorial lands be hit by shelling of the warring sides of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


IRNA and MNA contributed to this story.

Resource: IRNA
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