Weekly political review
Azerbaijan sees no threat for itself from Iran
"There are neighbourly and friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Iran and we see no threat for us from our friends," Spokesperson for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim said to journalists on 14 July, commenting on rocket testing held by Iran last week.
"We do not have problems and we would not like them to appear," said Ibrahim, adding that Azerbaijan supports peace and stability in the region.
"There are too many conflicts in the region. Therefore, we do our utmost to establish peace and stability in it," he said.
Previously, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Anne Derse said to journalists that Iran's new rocket testing can pose a threat to Azerbaijan as well, since there are solid reasons for that.
Derse stressed that United States regularly warns international community about the threat outgoing from Iran.
"The position of the United States and our partners towards Iran is that there is a need to solve the problems regarding Iran's nuclear program through diplomatic methods," said Derse.
Foreign Minister of Iran, Manouchehr Mottaki, stated that the security, stability, development of Azerbaijan is the development and stability of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mottaki said during his meeting with the Chairman of High Assembly of Nakchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, Vasif Talibov, in Tehran on 14 July.
IRNA reports that highlighting the general religion, history and the mutual cultural contributions of the two friendly and fraternal peoples, Mottaki stated that these contributions are important basis for the development of bilateral relations. "We do not know obstacles in the development of relations with Azerbaijan, and we believe that on the basis of potential for the development of agricultural, energy, commercial and economic ties, these relations can even more be enlarged," Mottaki said.
Meanwhile, during the talks of 'six' of international mediators and representatives of Iran on 19 July, Iran refused to give a clear response to a package of proposals submitted earlier with respect to sanctioning of its nuclear program.
Earlier, Tehran presented to the 'six', which unites Russia, China, the European Union, France, the United States and the UK, a official response, whilst its content is still withheld. Iranian officials have numerously stated that they regarded proposals by 'six' to cease the development of nuclear program in exchange to lifting sanctions as illegal.