News ID: 279913
Published: 0332 GMT January 25, 2021

Zarif: Iran ready to help rebuild freed Azerbaijani territories

Zarif: Iran ready to help rebuild freed Azerbaijani territories

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday described as “very fruitful” his meetings with Azerbaijani officials in Baku during which he voiced Iran’s readiness to help reconstruct territories in Karabakh.

“Just finished extensive and very fruitful conversations in Baku on bilateral ties & regional cooperation,” Zarif wrote on Twitter after holding talks his counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov and President Ilham Aliyev.

He added the “recipe for sustainable peace lies in inclusive regional arrangements.”

The top Iranian diplomat arrived in Azerbaijan’s capital city on Sunday in the first leg of his regional tour of Caucasus, which will take him to Russia and Turkey as well.

During his meeting with Bayramov, Zarif said Iran is ready for an active and extensive presence in the reconstruction of territories in Karabakh that Azerbaijan recently retook from Armenia.

He expressed satisfaction that Azerbaijan has regained its territories after the armed conflict with the neighboring Armenia and paid tribute to the victims of the war, IRNA reported.

Zarif said his visit to Azerbaijan is aimed at working toward peace and tranquility in region.

He said the establishment of calm in the region is a great opportunity for the two countries' cooperation in trade and transit.

Bayramov described the relations between the two countries based on friendship and historical and cultural commonalities and appreciated the positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Pointing to the exchange of the high-level delegations between the two countries, he assessed the development of economic relations as one of the most important priorities in the relations between Iran and Azerbaijan.

Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but it has been occupied by ethnic Armenian separatists backed by Armenia since 1992 when they broke from Azerbaijan in a war that killed some 30,000 people.

The latest armed conflict between the two countries erupted on September 27 last year and ended on November 10 through a Russian-brokered truce.

As part of the truce agreement, Armenia returned swathes of territory it had occupied for decades to Azeri control.

Iran and Azerbaijan on January 18 signed a contract to bolster their economic cooperation as Baku welcomed Iran’s increased investment and technical assistance to rebuild regions around Nagorno-Karabakh.

Later on Monday, Zarif held talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

Aliyev welcomed the presence of Iranian companies in the reconstruction of the freed regions of Karabakh.

He also expressed satisfaction with the Islamic Republic's stance on Azerbaijan's proposed regional cooperation plan on peace, he called the proposal in favor of peace and common interests in the region.

Aliyev also showed his appreciation for the stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran toward the recent developments in the region. He noted that the ground is set for further development of all-out ties.

During the meeting, Zarif congratulated the government and the people of the Republic of Azerbaijan on their recent victories and stressed the importance of expanding bilateral cooperation.




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