Collapse of USSR allowed to develop Iranian-Azerbaijani relations – governor
Urmia, Iran, Nov.26
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iran appreciates the cooperation with Azerbaijan and there are no any problems between the two countries, the governor of the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, Ghorban Ali Saadat told Azerbaijani reporters in Iran on Nov.25.
He added that the relations between Iran and Azerbaijan date back to the ancient times.
Saadat said that during the Soviet period, the border guards were usually Russians, a barbed wire was installed on the border and the residents of Nakhchivan were crossing to Iran through the River Araz.
"This is a proof of love of the two nations to each other," he said. "It is good that the Soviet Union collapsed, and the relationship began to develop after this. We hope that by the will of the presidents of Iran and Azerbaijan, the relations between the two peoples, based on the historical and spiritual roots will develop in the future as well," said the governor.
Saadat added that the existing problems were eliminated after the mutual visits of the presidents and proposed to abolish the visa regime for Iranian citizens.
"We hope Azerbaijan will abolish the visa regime for Iranian citizens, like Iran did for Azerbaijani citizens. This will promote the development of relations between the two neighboring brotherly countries," he said.