News ID: 95416
Publish Date : 13 October 2021 - 21:42

TEHRAN – Iran and Azerbaijan say they have agreed to resolve a diplomatic crisis through dialogue, weeks after ties soured over Tehran’s declaration that the occupying regime of Israel’s military was active in the Caucasian country.
The breakthrough came during talks between Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Iranian counterpart Hyssein Amir-Abdollahian by phone, Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
“The sides noted the harmful rhetoric observed recently, which does not correspond to the level of friendly relations between our countries, and the need to resolve all differences through dialogue,” its statement said.
“The Ministers stressed the importance of always respecting the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries.”
The Iranian foreign ministry also confirmed the two sides agreed to rely on talks to resolve tensions.
“The two countries have enemies that should not be given an opportunity to strain relations between them,” Amir-Abdullahian said, underlining the need for “removing anxiety through dialogue and cooperation.”
Last month, Iran protested against the presence of the Zionist regime in Azerbaijan and promised to take any necessary action.
At the beginning of October, Iran staged military exercises near its border with Azerbaijan.
The occupying regime of Israel supplies arms to Azerbaijan and the two sides have strengthened their military alliance in recent months.
Last year, Israeli-supplied high-tech drones helped Azerbaijan defeat neighboring Armenia during a six-week war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but until recently it was controlled by ethnic Armenians.

Last year’s war ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire that saw Yerevan return swaths of territories, including a section of Azerbaijan’s 700km (430-mile) border with Iran which for decades had been under Armenian occupation.
Azerbaijan’s recent decision to impose a “road tax” on Iranian trucks passing through areas it regained has also fuelled tensions between Tehran and Baku.
Earlier this month, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said the number of Iranian transit vehicles passing through those roads gradually reached zero after the levies were rolled out.
Wednesday’s statement from Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said the two sides agreed it was “necessary to establish direct dialogue” on transit issues.
In talks with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Araray Mirzoyan in Tehran last week, Amir-Abdollahian said the pair agreed to finalize the construction of a transit road that would not pass through Azerbaijani soil. The road is slated to be launched later this year.

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