News ID: 318226
Published: 0258 GMT November 25, 2021

Iran voices concern over recent conflicts in Caucasus

Iran voices concern over recent conflicts in Caucasus

Political Desk

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian expressed concern over recent military conflict in the Caucasus region in a phone call to his counterpart from Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan on Wednesday.

Stressing Iran’s unwavering position on supporting the territorial integrity of all regional countries, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Tehran’s policy of tolerating no change in international borders of the regional countries.

He further called for restraint and respect for territorial integrity by all regional nations.

In a meeting on November 21 with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev, who was in Tehran on a day-long visit, Amir-Abdollahian stressed that international borders in the region are unchangeable.

The latest conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed land of Nagorno-Karabakh region took place earlier in November, claiming the lives of eight soldiers. It ended in the evening of November 16 after mediation by Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

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

A six-week armed conflict between the two ex-Soviet republics ended last year through a Russian-brokered truce. The clashes claimed the lives of more than 6,500 people.

Although the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh region ended in a Russian-brokered ceasefire, clashes on the border have persisted at irregular intervals this year, occasionally causing fatalities.

Further in their phone conversation, the Iranian and Armenian FMs discussed various issues including bilateral relations, economic cooperation between the two countries and the Joint Economic Commission, the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), as well as regional and international developments.

The foreign minister of Iran described relations between the two countries ‘solid and moving forward’ and called for expansion and development of bilateral relations in various fields, Mehr News Agency wrote.

Iran’s top diplomat further expressed satisfaction over the growing trend of relations between Tehran and Yerevan in recent months, stressing the importance of developing cooperation in political and economic fields.

The Armenian foreign minister, for his part, pointed to the proposed roadmap for relations between Iran and Armenia which was emphasized during his recent visit to Tehran and announced that Armenia is ready to hold a joint economic commission and expand trade relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mirzoyan praised position of the Islamic Republic of Iran on respecting territorial integrity of countries and considered it ‘important’.

While emphasizing Yerevan's determination to fully promote relations with Iran in all areas, he invited Iranian counterpart to visit Armenia.

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