‘Iran always ready to aid resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’

Zarif & Elmar MammadyarovBAKU, Feb. 16 (MNA) – Iranian FM has announced the country is always ready to play a role in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the development of peace and stability in the region.
 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on a visit to Baku, made the remarks on Monday at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

During the press conference, Zarif stressed the deepening of bilateral relations with Azerbaijan in various fields of economy and defense, and highlighted the significance of the two countries’ cooperation in combating extremism and terrorism in the region.

Zarif called the Caspian Sea region as a region of friendship and cooperation, maintaining Iran would attend the meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral states in March in earnest.

Zarif also extended his thanks to Azerbaijan for their continued support of Iran’s nuclear rights in the course of negotiations with 5+1.

On Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Iranian FM said 100-kilometer border of Iran was located in the territory of the conflict zone, adding Iran was in favor of a peaceful resolution of the conflict within the international law.

“We want security and stability in our neighboring countries which are important for us. Azerbaijan is our most important neighbor. We are close to this country, and this conflict hurts us. Iran has significantly contributed to Azerbaijan regarding this issue. We have always wanted the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group to be completed successfully, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” Zarif asserted.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, for his part, stressed the importance of boosting bilateral cooperation with Iran. He noted that in addition to these ties, trilateral negotiations with Iran and Turkey were also under way and they would continue the talks in Iran in the upcoming days.

Mammadyarov also maintained that his country sought to restore the railway between Azerbaijan and Iran and merge it with Russia and Europe.

He also announced that Baku would host the meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral states in March.

By Mehr News Agency