0552 GMT October 17, 2021
In a phone call focusing on the latest developments in bilateral ties on Tuesday, Amir-Abdollahian told Jehon Peramov that any concerns or issues must be resolved in a calm and friendly atmosphere, Press TV reported.
The top Iranian diplomat stressed “the need for mutual respect, independence, sovereignty and integrity of the territories of both countries,” adding that “Tehran and Baku have a long-standing relationship.”
Amir-Abdollahian said the two countries must prevent misunderstandings in bilateral relations and that “it is better to continue their relations in the right and rapidly growing direction”.
Pointing to the depth of relations between the two countries, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran is “waiting for an end to the problem of Iranian truck transportation” bound for Armenia through Azerbaijani territory.
“The two countries have enemies that should not be given an opportunity to strain relations between them,” Amir-Abdollahian said, underlining the need for “removing anxiety through dialogue and cooperation”.
The Azerbaijani foreign minister described his country’s relations with Tehran as “friendly” and said that “relations with friendly countries are a priority for the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
Calling for “solving problems through dialogue and in a calm and intimate atmosphere,” Peramov suggested that customs officials in the two countries hold talks to end the problems of exporting Iranian goods through Azerbaijani territory, and promised to pursue the case and the release of two Iranian drivers, who were arrested last month.
The phone conversation on Tuesday came as the Iranian foreign minister previously sounded a warning concerning certain provocations by Israel near Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.
Israel, he said, used the flare-up of tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region last year to establish a presence in parts of Azerbaijan.
The Iranian Army’s Ground Forces recently held military exercises in the northwestern part of the country.
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has criticized Iran’s exercises. Tehran has hit back by saying that holding drills is part of national sovereignty, warning that Israel’s anti-Iran activities in neighboring countries will not be tolerated.
Aliev had also accused Iran of sending over trucks to “illegally” cross into the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is disputed between Azerbaijan and Armenia.