Iran has supported and will support Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Iran's Vice President
Iran, Tehran, September 19 /Trend, E.Huseynov /
Iran initially supported, supports today and will continue to support Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Iranian Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Seyyed Mohammad-Reza Mir-Tajeddini said Sunday in Tehran.
"We have always supported Azerbaijan and denounced the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia," said Mir-Tajeddini on Iran-Azerbaijan conference "Azerbaijan: past experiences and the upcoming prospects."
Mir-Tajeddini said the Caucasus region, in particular, Azerbaijan is very important both for Iran and the world. According to him, the region has important geopolitical location, is rich in energy resources with access to the sea, there are equally living representatives of all religions.
Referring to the Iranian-Azerbaijani relations, the vice president said that Iran has such religious similarities with no other Muslim country - 95 percent of Azerbaijan's population are Muslims, most of them Shiites.
Mir-Tajeddini called energy, cargo transportation, food industry, new technologies important areas for cooperation between the two countries. In his view, important areas are also the joint fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, protecting the environment. Vice-President noted there are also a number of problems in relations between the two neighbouring countries, including determining the status of the Caspian Sea, some issues in energy policy and military agreements signed by the two countries.
Mir-Tajeddini considers important the further integration of Muslim countries by lifting the visa regime between them. Iran has already abolished visa regime with Azerbaijan, which is the first such step in bilateral relations, he said.
One-day conference is being held at Tehran University, organized by the Caucasus Studies Institute (Iran) and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Iran.