Iran says Aliyev’s trafficking accusations serve Israel, harm ties with Azerbaijan

Iran has vehemently rejected as “surprising” and “fake” accusations by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev that Terran cooperated with Armenia on organized drug trafficking, saying such claims only serve Israel’s interests and harm the fraternal relations between Tehran and Baku.

“Unfortunately, it seems that despite the positive and private messages received from Baku in various phone calls, the Azeri government has an intention to make baseless media statements that, of course, will be responded appropriately,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday. He added that the Iranian and Azeri nations enjoy strong cordial relations.

Emphasizing Iran’s leading role in fighting drug smuggling, he said that as repeatedly confirmed by international bodies, thousands of Iranian police officers have lost their lives and many others wounded in the campaign against narcotics over the past four decades – which is only an example of the Islamic Republic’s endeavor to battle the sinister phenomenon.

 

Source: Press TV