The Iranian embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, deplored the meeting of a separatist anti-Iran grouplet in the city, warning that such moves have targeted the relations between the two friendly and brotherly states.
“A grouplet which lacks a popular base, political status and governmental support holds such meetings to come out of isolation,” the embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.
It said those who participated in the meeting have served the interests of the enemies of the Iranian and Azeri nations for years and now have targeted the development of the relations between the two countries, adding that the same people have now launched propaganda to spread their separatist thoughts in coordination with the Zionist media.
The statement underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never allowed arrangement of meetings against Azerbaijan and expects the government in Baku to use legal channels to confront this grouplet which has questioned Iran’s territorial integrity.
An anti-Iran meeting held by the so-called ‘World Azerbaijani Congress ‘ grouplet was held in Baku on Monday in which the participants made insulting speeches against Iran.
The meeting was held as Iran has recently enhanced efforts to boost political, economic, security and cultural ties and cooperation with the regional and neighboring countries, specially the Central Asian states, including the republic of Azerbaijan.
Iranian Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, heading a 60-member economic delegation, was in Azerbaijan in August at the invitation of Azeri economy and industry minister to attend the 9th Meeting of Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Economic Cooperation Commission.
Earlier in August, Vaezi and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in a meeting in Baku underlined the need for the expansion of mutual cooperation in various fields.
During the meeting in the Azeri capital on Tuesday night, Vaezi and Aliyev explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties.
“Following your visit to Tehran and your effective meetings with President Hassan Rouhani in Davos, Switzerland, and Tehran, the Iranian president has ordered his cabinet members to do their best to strengthen the relations between the two countries and remove the existing barriers impeding the further expansion of the bilateral ties,” Vaezi said.
The Azeri president, for his part, said Iran and Azerbaijan could become regional allies through utilizing their capacities.
He pointed to the trend of the expansion of the bilateral ties between Iran and Azerbaijan, and said, “Holding joint economic and cultural commissions will play a crucial role in broadening the bilateral ties.”
President Aliyev expressed the hope that his Iranian counterpart would pay a visit to Azerbaijan soon.