News ID: 277942
Published: 0417 GMT December 09, 2020

Rouhani: Iran ready to help bolster Azerbaijan-Armenia cease-fire

Rouhani: Iran ready to help bolster Azerbaijan-Armenia cease-fire
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) talks with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov during a meeting in Tehran on December 9, 2020.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed Tehran’s readiness to contribute to strengthening a cease-fire recently reached between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov in Tehran on Wednesday, according to the president’s official website.

Pointing to Iran’s transparent stance over the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute and its support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, President Rouhani welcomed termination of the recent deadly conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia and liberation of occupied Azerbaijan’s territories.

The leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia signed the cease-fire agreement in November to end the war in the disputed region.

Azerbaijan and Armenia had been fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh since September 27.

Iran, which shares borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, has previously offered to mediate between the two countries. The Islamic Republic put forward a detailed peace initiative to end the conflict.

Rouhani also on Wednesday expressed Iran’s readiness to take part in reconstruction of the newly-freed Azerbaijan’s territories.


Economic cooperation


Hailing the friendly ties between Tehran and Baku, the president stressed the need to take advantage of the common border to promote the economic and trade cooperation, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to expand relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan, and we hope that the bilateral relations would further grow given the opportunity provided by the new international conditions,” Rouhani added.


Post-Trump era


The Iranian president noted that termination of US President Donald Trump’s term in office and formation of a new US administration would create better conditions for cooperation among the countries.

President Rouhani also called for the rapid implementation of the agreements signed between Iran and Azerbaijan in the past, such as a railroad project linking Rasht to Astara.

For his part, the Azeri foreign minister praised Iran for supporting his country’s territorial integrity.

The Republic of Azerbaijan considers Iran as a good friend and neighbor, as the Azeri president and officials are resolved to boost ties with Iran in all fields, Bayramov said.

Stressing the need for the enhancement of political, economic and trade ties between Baku and Tehran, Bayramov expressed hope that the joint projects would be immediately implemented under the new international conditions and the removal of obstacles caused by the US sanctions.



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