Rouhani's visit - start of new page in Iran-Azerbaijan relations, says French senator
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.7
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
Following the signed nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, the Islamic Republic is back in the picture and it is a good opportunity to start a new page in relationship with Azerbaijan, Nathalie Goulet, vice chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French Senate told Trend on Aug. 7.
Goulet made the comments regarding the meeting of Azerbaijani and Iranian presidents in Baku on Aug. 7.
Goulet also said that Iran and Azerbaijan have a unique cultural proximity.
According to unofficial statistics, there are over 25 million Azerbaijanis living in Iran.
Goulet believes that topics of economic nature between Azerbaijan and Iran are important part of the cooperation between the neighboring states.
Azerbaijan and Iran cooperate in a major international North-South transportation corridor project. The corridor is meant to connect Northern Europe to South-East Asia. It will serve as a link connecting the railways of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.
Goulet also believes that Iran may play a crucial part as a go-between in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. At the same time, the French senator believes that Iran has to show that it doesn't have any intention to interfere in domestic policy of Azerbaijan.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.