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Iran has reassured its neighbor, Azerbaijan, that it recognizes its territorial integrity by reiterating its calls for a deadly conflict with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh through talks.”The position of the Islamic Republic on Azerbaijan has always been clear and transparent because it has always recognized the territorial integrity of the neighboring country and respected it,” Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff of President Hassan Rouhani, told the phone, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev. call Wednesday.

“We believe that the end of the occupation will bring stability to the region,” the Iranian official said on the government’s website.

In another development on Wednesday, Rouhani, in a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashynian, called on Armenia to work to end the conflict and to engage in dialogue.

“Our region can no longer endure instability and new wars,” said Rouhani.

“Our wish is to immediately stop the clashes and for all of us to resolve the problems of the region through political discourse and international law.”

Pashynian reportedly agreed that the armed conflict is to the detriment of the region and expressed concern about foreign interference in Armenian disagreements with Azerbaijan.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a breakaway region inside Azerbaijan which is controlled by ethnic Armenians backed by Armenia and has been the subject of several UN resolutions calling for an end to the occupation. Azeri lands. It broke away from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s but is not recognized by any country as an independent republic.

Iran shares borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Vaezi stressed that Azerbaijan has an important place in Iranian foreign policy and said that Tehran will always strive to develop and strengthen bilateral relations with its neighbor.

He also reiterated Iran’s deep concern over the armed conflict, saying the country was ready to mediate between Azerbaijan and Armenia to start negotiations “within the framework of international law”.

Shortly after the latest clashes broke out, Iran called on both sides to exercise restraint and work towards dialogue.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday had separate phone calls with his counterparts in Armenia and Azerbaijan, during which he urged them to hold talks under international law.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a contested region inside Azerbaijan controlled by ethnic Armenians [Defence Ministry of Armenia/Reuters]

During his call with Azeri Deputy Prime Minister on Wednesday, Vaezi also denied reports that Tehran was sending weapons and military equipment to Armenia.

“These are completely baseless rumors spread to tarnish the good relations between Iran and Azerbaijan,” he said.

Several videos circulated on social media on Tuesday showing trucks carrying covered loads across the Iranian border with Armenia, leading to claims that military equipment was being exported for use in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh immediately denied the information, saying: “The Islamic Republic will not allow our soil to be used to transport arms and ammunition under any circumstances.”

He said the trucks were carrying “conventional non-military cargo” as usual.

Iranian national television broadcast Wednesday from the Nordooz border terminal, where trucks carrying the suspicious loads were in a depot.

The vehicles were Russian Kamaz trucks, which a local official said had been purchased by Armenia before the armed conflict and transported through Iran. They have been shown to carry vehicle parts.

Vaezi told Mustafayev that he remains convinced that Tehran-Baku relations will not be affected by such rumors.

Mustafayev is also said to have stressed that the two neighbors must not allow the close bilateral relations forged over a long period to be influenced by outside plots.

“Senior officials of the two countries have worked hard to develop and deepen Tehran-Baku relations and they are at a good level today,” he said, according to the Iranian government’s website.



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