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Official: Iran Welcomes Azerbaijan’s Proposal to Play Bolder Role in Regional Peace

Iranian President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said Tehran welcomes Baku's proposal to play a more active role in the establishment of peace and stability in the region.

Vaezi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev on Wednesday.

“Tehran welcomes Baku’s offer on playing a more active role of Iran, Russia and Turkey in maintaining peace and stability in the region.”

He welcomed the establishment of ceasefire, and called on the governments of Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia to maintain their ceasefire and resolve their differences through dialogue and within the framework of international law and respect for the recognized borders and territorial integrity of the two countries.

Vaezi thanked President of Azerbaijan for his message of appreciation for the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in relation to the territorial integrity of his country, and stated, “Iran’s position and actions are to strengthen relations and show practical interest in the government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan.”

He also expressed satisfaction with implementation of agreements between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, specially the recent agreements raised in a telephone conversation between the two presidents.

Realization of these agreements will undoubtedly be an effective step in the process of expanding relations between the two countries of Iran and Azerbaijan, Vaezi emphasized.

Mustafayev, for his part, conveyed the message of gratitude of President of Azerbaijan, and said, “We want the development of Tehran-Baku cooperation in all areas of interest.”

He also expounded a comprehensive report on the trend of conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and emphasized, “Baku wants the key and more active role of Iran, Russia and Turkey in settling the regional problems.”

Agreements between the two countries of Iran and Azerbaijan are being implemented and pursued rapidly, he said, adding that implementation of these agreements will create an effective step towards the development of joint cooperation.

Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee had also on Tuesday called on the neighboring states of Azerbaijan and Armenia to take part in serious talks to resolve their differences of the Karabakh issue based on respect for international laws and territorial integrity.

“We welcome the termination of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh as a step towards peace and we call on our neighbors to participate in serious talks based on respect for international laws and territorial integrity and avoid any action that disrupts the ceasefire and the first steps towards diplomacy and peace,” Rabiyee told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.

“I need to express the deep concern and regret of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran over the killing of civilians and emphasize the need to avoid a repetition of these incidents as the region and the people of our countries need peace and tranquility more than ever,” he added.

Rabiyee said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has declared its readiness to mediate, help resolve the crisis and reduce tensions between the two countries.

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