US State Department: US appreciative of cooperation with Azerbaijan in security
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 17 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
Azerbaijani authorities have announced the arrest of a number of individuals since the start of this year for allegedly plotting attacks against foreign interests in Azerbaijan, the press service of the U.S. State Department said.
"We are appreciative of our cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan and we continue to work closely with Azerbaijani authorities to provide for the safety and security of our embassy and personnel in Baku," the statement says.
Azerbaijani authorities have alleged ties between those arrested and the Iranian Government, the statement reads.
"For years, we have seen the Iranian Government use violence to advance its own political agenda, and considering it is the principal state-sponsor of terrorism, it would come as no surprise that it would engage in such efforts," the U.S. State Department said.
As a result of a special operation conducted by the Azerbaijani Ministry of National Security, a group of 22 individuals was revealed and detained. It is accused of espionage activity against Azerbaijan on the instructions of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).