Ambassador: Nothing can weaken ties between Iran, Azerbaijan
Iranian Envoy to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayeen stressed the age-old and friendly relations between Tehran and Baku, and said nothing can weaken the strong ties between the two countries, Fars reported.
"Tehran-Baku relations are historical and have roots in the two nations' religious beliefs; nothing can weaken friendly relations of Azerbaijan Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran," Pakayeen said in a meeting with Head of the Clerical Department of the Caucasian Muslims Allah Shakour Pashazadeh on Wednesday.
He also welcomed the exchange of views between the two countries' religious centers as well as those among the Iranian and Azerbaijani religious individuals and scholars.
Pashazadeh, for his part, emphasized the importance of development of ties between two brother countries of Iran and Azerbaijan republics, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan Republic relations are age-old and cultural; Iranian thinkers are welcome to attend the religious conferences in Baku.'
The Republic of Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west, and Islamic Republic of Iran to the south.
Iran has an embassy in Baku and a consulate-general in Nakhichevan City. Azerbaijan has an embassy in Tehran and a consulate-general in Tabriz. Both countries are full members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in September called current relations between Iran and Azerbaijan as friendly and constructive, and said that Tehran tries to explore new avenues for expansion of bilateral ties.
Iranian foreign minister pointed out that despite the attempts made by the enemies to sow discord between the two brotherly nations and governments, Tehran is eager to boost and strengthen mutual ties in various political, economic, business and cultural arenas with Baku.