Two Iranian drivers who had been arrested in the Republic of Azerbaijan were released, Azeri state customs committee reported on Thursday.
Shahroud Norouzi and Ja'far Barzegar were arrested on the accusations of trespassing into territories that were liberated last year after nearly three decades of occupation by pro-Armenian forces.
They were released relying on good will, good neighborliness, mutual respect, and human principles, the state committee announced, said the committee statement noting that they were freed based on a previously made agreement between Iran and Azerbaijan, IRNA reported.
The drivers, who are currently in the Iranian Embassy in Baku, will return home after completing legal formalities.
Spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh had earlier this month said that Iran did not consider the behavior towards its drivers within the framework of good neighborliness.
Iran warns drivers against illegal entry into Karabakh region
Iran’s transportation ministry has issued a notice on Wednesday to haulage companies warning them against any illegal entry of their trucks into the Azerbaijani territories liberated in a war with Armenia last year.
The notice warned that Iranian transit trucks travelling from Iran through Armenia should enter liberated territories in Karabakh region, including the city of Lachin, only through the official border checks erected on the border by Azerbaijan, Press TV wrote.
It said any other form of entry into those territories from neighboring Armenia would be regarded as trespassing by Azerbaijan and could entail legal risks.
The notice is the second such announcement issued by the Road Maintenance & Transportation Organization (RMTO) of Iran in less than a month.
The RMTO said that the new advisory notice had been issued after consultations with the foreign ministry.
The announcement comes more than a month after Azerbaijan arrested two Iranian truck drivers on accusations of trespassing into territories that were liberated last year after nearly three decades of occupation by pro-Armenian forces.
The arrests caused irritation in Tehran and prompted authorities to reroute export shipments destined for Russia and other countries to a new road that entirely passes through the Armenian territories.
Iran’s pro-government Nournews agency cited the advisory notice issued on Wednesday and said the announcement marks an end to ambiguities regarding Iran’s stance on border issues between Azerbaijan and Armenia,
It said Azerbaijan could reciprocate the move by immediately releasing the two Iranian drivers, adding that such an action would be a major step to "end misunderstandings" between the two countries.