News ID: 276774
Published: 0210 GMT November 14, 2020

Araqchi: No change in Iran's transit routes to Armenia, Azerbaijan

Araqchi: No change in Iran's transit routes to Armenia, Azerbaijan
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi

Tehran dismissed as baseless rumors on a change in transit routes linking Iran to Armenia and Azerbaijan after a cease-fire agreement over Nagorno-Karabakh region reached between Iran’s two neighboring countries.

In an interview with IRNA, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi on Friday dismissed the “false and misleading information” and the “fake maps” released in the virtual space about the new routes and boundaries along Iran’s northwestern borders.

The reports on disconnection of Iran's border with Armenia, creation of a corridor inside Armenia or even inside Iran, and a change in the geopolitics of the region are not based on reality and have been circulated with certain political and propaganda purposes, Araqchi noted.

Referring to the map that the warring sides in Nagorno-Karabakh region have agreed upon after the recent Russia-brokered peace agreement, the Iranian diplomat said reports that discussions were held on creating a land strip along the border between Iran and Armenia are “completely baseless”.

"What is stated in the Karabakh cease-fire agreement is the creation of a road corridor, or better to say a transit route, inside Armenia from Nakhchivan to the mainland Azerbaijan, which is secured by Russia. It will be guaranteed and its exact route is still unknown”, Araqchi said.

This is not a new idea and has a long history, and if it is implemented, which is accompanied by thousands of ifs and buts, it will not make any change in Iran's transit routes to Armenia or Azerbaijan, he said.

Iran welcomed the recent agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease fire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and offered to help establish a lasting peace.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Tehran hoped the agreement would “lead to final arrangements to establish sustainable peace in the Caucasus region”.

The leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia signed a statement late on Monday to end the war in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The cease-fire agreement came into effect overnight.

Azerbaijan and Armenia had been fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh since September 27. Russia several times attempted to mediate an end to the war.

Iran, which shares borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, has previously offered to mediate between the two countries. Most recently, the Islamic Republic put forward a specific peace initiative to end the conflict, which Russia said would closely study.

The ministry said Iran continued to stress the principles of respecting countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, not attempting to alter internationally-recognized borders, allowing the displaced to return, respecting the security and rights of minorities, and expelling all Takfiri and foreign militants from the region.



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