News ID: 319701
Published: 0257 GMT January 26, 2022

Israel never friend of Muslims, Raeisi cautions Azerbaijan

Israel never friend of Muslims, Raeisi cautions Azerbaijan
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Wednesday warned Azerbaijan that Israel would by no means make friends with Muslim nations, a clear sign of which is the Israeli acts of aggression against Palestinians.

In a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in Tehran, Raeisi cautioned against relations with Israel.

“The Zionist regime [of Israel] is the enemy of humanity and could by no means be a friend of Muslim nations,” he said, adding that Israel’s occupation policy and acts of aggression in the region and against the Palestinian nation attest to this fact.

He further stressed that Iran’s power is contributing to security in the region, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The presence of Takfiri and Daesh forces is not in the interests of regional people anywhere. These groups are created by the Americans and Zionists and have committed criminal acts wherever they have been present,” Raeisi said.

He also expressed hope that the presence and wise role played by Azerbaijan’s armed forces would prevent terrorists and anti-Muslim groups from gaining a foothold in the region.

Hailing the friendly and deep-rooted relations between Tehran and Baku, Raeisi said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy is the promotion of cooperation with the neighbors, particularly with the Republic of Azerbaijan, in the Caucasus region.”

The president also pointed to Iran’s progresses in various fields, saying, “Iran is prepared to offer its technical and engineering capabilities in various areas to the Azerbaijani brothers.”

Hasanov hailed the fruitful meetings and negotiations with the Iranian officials, saying they would pave the way for closer cooperation between the two neighbors in the future.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Defense Minister Mohammadreza Ashtiani and Hasanov weighed plans to boost military cooperation between the two neighbors.

Stressing the need to promote bilateral military and defense cooperation, the Iranian minister said the two neighbors ought to enhance their relations in all fields considering their historical and cultural commonalities.

The expansion of mutual defense and security cooperation between Tehran and Baku is of great significance, Ashtiani said, adding, “Given their locations and special geopolitical features, the two countries have great capacities and opportunities for the enhancement of relations in all fields.”

For his part, the Azerbaijani minister expressed gratitude to the Iranian government and authorities for supporting the Republic of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

Lauding Iran’s remarkable military capabilities and progress in the defense industry, Hasanov called for the expansion of relations with Iran.

He also invited the Iranian defense minister to pay a visit to Baku.

 

 

 

   
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