Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has called for the all-out and unlimited expansion of relations and cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Raeisi was speaking in a meeting with the visiting Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov on Monday.
During the meeting, Iran’s president said increased diplomatic exchanges and consultations between the two countries will have a positive impact on the expansion of Tehran-Baku relations and cooperation in various trade, economic and political fields.
Noting that there are no limits for the development of Iran’s relations with the Republic of Azerbaijan, Raeisi said, "Promotion of bilateral relations can lead to effective regional cooperation.”
He expressed hope that the two countries would witness a leap in the development of relations after an expected visit by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to Tehran.
The Iranian and Azeri presidents held a meeting on the sidelines of the 6th summit of the heads of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, late last month.
During that meeting, Raeisi warns about the Israeli presence in the region, saying it only stokes tensions. He also noted that the occupying regime undermines security wherever it manages to gain a foothold.
“The presence of the Zionist regime in any environment undermines security there,” Raeisi said, adding that security in the region can be achieved only through cooperation of regional countries and Caspian Sea neighbors.
In the Monday meeting with Raeisi, the Azeri foreign minister, for his part, said officials of the two countries have increased the exchange of their diplomatic visits in recent years.
He added that the trade volume between Iran and Azerbaijan showed a significance raise in 2021 and the first five months of 2022.
Bayramov emphasized that both Iran and Azerbaijan believe that regional issues must be settled by regional countries without interference of foreign powers.
The Azeri foreign minister arrived in Tehran earlier on Monday and held meetings with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the top Azeri diplomat, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Tehran’s support for the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on principles of the international law.
Iran-Azerbaijan ties on right track: Amir-Abdollahian
In a post on his twitter account, the Iranian foreign minister said he had held "important and cordial" talks with his Azeri counterpart.
با برادرم بایراموف گفت و گوی مهم و دوستانه داشتیم.مباحث دوجانبه،منطقه ای و بینالمللی بررسی و بر حل و فصل مسالمت آمیز قره باغ بر اساس اصول حفظ تمامیت ارضی و احترام به حاکمیت تاکید شد. روابط در مسیر درست خود تداوم دارد. سفر آقای الهام علی اف به تهران در دستور کار مشترک قرار گرفت. pic.twitter.com/aJqf0aIEzf— H.Amirabdollahian امیرعبداللهیان (@Amirabdolahian) July 4, 2022
Amir-Abdollahian added that the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues and stressed the importance of settling the Karabakh conflict based on the principles of safeguarding territorial integrity and respecting national sovereignty.
He emphasized that ties between Tehran and Baku are on the right track and noted that Aliyev's trip to Tehran has been put on the agenda of both sides.