Top official: Azerbaijan welcomes West’s lifting sanctions on Iran (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 18
Azerbaijan welcomes West's lifting sanctions on Iran, which was achieved as a result of talks, read a statement by Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department.
Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA aka nuclear deal) in Vienna, on July 14, 2015. Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran and the P5+1 implemented the JCPOA on Jan. 16, which eliminated sanctions on the country, including the restrictions over banking sector, releasing blocked assets abroad, etc.
"Azerbaijan doesn't see the use of sanctions against countries in international relations for various reasons as a successful and fair step," said Novruz Mammadov.
"Consequences of sanctions in all cases become a burden for the populations of countries on which they are imposed. This also prevents the interstate and intercivilizational understanding, dialogue and cooperation in modern world, and inevitably creates certain tension," he added.
Mammadov also said that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev spoke against the use of sanctions on Iran at a briefing in front of the White House during his first official visit to Washington in April 2006.