Referring to recent remarks by Azerbaijan president on Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Armenia, Kanaani said, “Iran once again announces its readiness for contributing to resolving the remaining issues between its northern neighbors in the framework of bilateral, trilateral and six-sided regional frameworks.”

Kanaani further reiterated that the fundamental diplomacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on good neighborly relations and expansion of amicable relations with all its neighbors, as well as strengthening ties with each neighbor, but this does not mean using such ties against another neighbor.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to Iran’s basic policy about the lingering conflict between its two northern neighbors in Karabakh region, reiterating, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized the need to safeguard the territorial integrity of every country, and peaceful resolving of the disputes between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and therefore, we had condemned the occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories and supported their liberation at the highest political level.”

He said that it is now almost two years that the Azerbaijan Republic’s officials in various political, military and security levels have been in touch with different officials of Armenia Republic, paving the path towards peace and friendship, which was all supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the reason for their worries about our natural contacts at neighborly level with that country is incomprehensible for us.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the recent wargame along Iran’s borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan was a normal and pre-planned move, which had been earlier informed through official channels to the concerned neighbors.


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