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Secretary General of Iran’s Global Assembly of Islamic Awakening Ali Akbar Velayati

Secretary General of Iran’s Global Assembly of Islamic Awakening Ali Akbar Velayati

The secretary general of Iran’s Global Assembly of Islamic Awakening has highlighted the common religious values between the Islamic Republic and Azerbaijan, saying the Tehran-Baku ties will remain strong and stable. “Geographic borders cannot hinder the strong bonds that exist between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and it is certain that the two countries will maintain solid and stable ties,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also an advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in international affairs. Velayati made the remark during a Monday meeting in Tehran with an Azeri Muslim scholar and the chairman of the Center for the Protection of Freedom of Conscience and Religion, Ilgar Ibrahimoglu. Commenting on the recent developments in Azerbaijan and some efforts to sour the bilateral relations between Tehran and Baku, Velayati expressed optimism that the trend of the boost in the ties between Tehran and Baku will not be hampered. The Iranian official also expressed hope that Islamic values in Azerbaijan would be further rejuvenated. For his part, Ibrahimoglu described the Islamic Awakening in the Republic of Azerbaijan as a “fundamental concern,” adding that it is something people in Azerbaijan “pay a lot of attention to.” He further expressed optimism that the [upcoming] conference in Tehran [on the Islamic Awakening] will set the stage for enhanced relations between Tehran and Baku. MFB/GHN/HJL
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