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#181 Yervant1

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Posted 23 July 2022 - 08:02 AM

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Representatives of Iran's Spiritual Leader repeated Khamenei's statements regarding the Armenian-Iranian border

 
 
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YEREVAN, JULY 22, ARMENPRESS. The representatives of the Spiritual Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran in different regions of the country repeated the statements of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regarding the Armenian-Iranian border, ARMENPRESS reports, citing Iranian media.

 

In particular, according to "IRNA" news agency, Tehran's Friday prayer Imam Mohammad Hossein Abdutorabifard said: "At the meeting with the President of Turkey, the Spiritual Leader also touched on the communication path between Armenia and Iran. Iran is very sensitive to regional changes and will not allow damage to the road that is thousands of years old and is one of the factors of strength, security and peace of the peoples of the region."

 
 

Mohammad Ali Ale Hashem, the representative of the Spiritual Leader in Eastern Atropatene and Friday Prayer Imam of Tabriz, said: "Iran will never tolerate any step that will lead to the blocking of the border between Iran and Armenia. Iran will resist it because it is a thousand-year-old communication route."

Allahnur Kyarimitabar, the representative of the spiritual leader in Ilam province and the Friday Prayer Imam in the city of Ilam, said: "During the visit of the presidents of Turkey and Russia, the issue of the Armenian-Iranian border was also emphasized. They should never think that they can threaten the thousand-year global highway and create an obstacle for Iran."

The Imams of Friday Prayers in other regions of Iran also repeated or mentioned Khamenei's statement in the same way.

On July 19, Iran's Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei received Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who arrived in Tehran for a tripartite meeting with the presidents of Iran and Russia, stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran will oppose the policy of blocking the border between Iran and Armenia. In the meeting with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, Iran's Supreme Spiritual Leader also emphasized that Iran will not tolerate the policies and programs that lead to the closing of the border between Iran and Armenia.

 

 

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Posted 23 July 2022 - 08:03 AM

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Armenia and Iran do not need advice from Turkey – Iranian parliamentarian

 
 
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YEREVAN, JULY 22, ARMENPRESS. Shahriar Heydari, deputy head of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made a statement regarding the Armenian-Iranian border, stressing that Iran and Armenia do not need the advice of any third party, including Turkey, in this regard, ARMENPRESS reports the Iranian IRIB television and radio company reports.

 

Shahriar Heydari said this in the context of the words of the Supreme Spiritual leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, addressed to the President of Turkey.

 
 

"As stated by the spiritual leader, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow the border between Iran and Armenia to be blocked," Heydari emphasized.

Pointing to the strategic position of the Republic of Armenia, the Iranian parliamentarian said that it created many problems for Armenia, one of which was the conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh. However, according to Shahriar Heydari, the problem should be solved seriously and through diplomacy.

"Iran has always believed that the two countries should settle the issue politically. Some extra-regional forces want to create a corridor leading to Nakhijevan through the territory of Armenia in order to push Iran to the margin, but Armenia and Iran emphasize that the territorial integrity of the countries of the region must be preserved. We have a shared border of 47 km with Armenia, part of which is the border of the Aras River, and we will not allow any damage to those borders. The border of Iran and Armenia has always been safe, both countries strive for its security and prevent any illegal traffic and border encroachment, and we do not need the advice of any third party, including Turkey," Shahriar Heydari stated.

On July 19, Iran's Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei received Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who arrived in Tehran for a tripartite meeting with the presidents of Iran and Russia, stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran will oppose the policy of blocking the border between Iran and Armenia. In the meeting with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, Iran's Supreme Spiritual Leader also emphasized that Iran will not tolerate the policies and programs that lead to the closing of the border between Iran and Armenia.

 

 

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Posted 12 August 2022 - 07:53 AM

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Raisi says Iran doesn’t accept any change to its border with Armenia
August 11, 2022 - 14:11
 
 
 

TEHRAN –President Ebrahim Raisi has reiterated Iran’s position that the Islamic Republic will not accept any change to the geographical map of the Caucasus region.

Raisi made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan late on Wednesday.

Pointing to the statements of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his separate meetings with Russian and Turkish presidents in Tehran on July 19 in which he said Iran will not “tolerate” any change in its geographical borders with Armenia, Raisi said, “Iran will not accept any change to the political geography of the region.”

The president also said Iran is ready to use all its influence to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus.

For his part, Pashinyan presented a detailed report about the recent clashes between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Prime Minister Pashinian also expressed happiness about the growing ties between Yerevan and Tehran. He also said his country is ready to facilitate transit of goods between the two neighbors.

The Armenian prime minister who initiated the telephone conversation also insisted on cooperation in areas of infrastructure, such as transport and electricity.

 


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Posted 12 August 2022 - 08:03 AM

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Turkey should know that it is playing with fire. Former Ambassador of Iran to Armenia

 
 
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YEREVAN, AUGUST 11, ARMENPRESS. The presence of terrorists and their transfer from Syria to Azerbaijan, near the border of Iran is unacceptable. After Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Syria and Iraq, Turkey is now looking for evil activity next to Iran's borders. Turkey should know that this is a play with fire, ARMENPRESS reports Iranian diplomat, former Ambassador of Iran to Armenia Kazem Sajjadi wrote on his twitter page, publishing a footage proving that.

 

 

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Posted 04 September 2022 - 06:51 AM

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Iran-Azerbaijan infowar heats up again

Baku is venturing ever closer to openly promoting secession for Iran’s large ethnic Azerbaijani minority.
Joshua Kucera Sep 2, 2022
 
 
 

A war of words between Azerbaijan and Iran has again heated up, with semi-official sources in Azerbaijan openly calling for Iran’s large ethnic Azerbaijani minority to break free.

“The time has come: Southern Azerbaijan should secede from Iran,” went an August 26 headline on Caliber.az, a website connected to Azerbaijan’s presidential administration. (“Southern Azerbaijan” is the irredentist term for Iran’s Azerbaijani-dominated northern provinces.)

An article the following day in Haqqin.az, a site connected to Azerbaijan’s security services, was headlined “Southern Azerbaijan is striving for independence!” And it suggested that Baku was ready to help the process along: “The Azerbaijani state has enough mobilizing force to defend the rights of its compatriots,” the unidentified author wrote, referring to Iranian Azerbaijanis. “And the Azerbaijani government has enough resources to support a new wave of the national-liberation movement.”

Relations between Baku and Tehran have been rocky since the 2020 war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. While Iran has repeatedly expressed its support for Azerbaijan regaining control of many of the territories it lost in the first war between the two sides in the 1990s, it appears worried about a now-emboldened Azerbaijan’s potential next steps.

This most recent flare up appears connected to July statements from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in which he expressed concern about Azerbaijan’s intentions for a new transport link connecting Azerbaijan’s exclave of Nakhchivan with the Azerbaijani mainland, a route that Baku calls the “Zangezur corridor.” The route will pass along Armenia’s border with Iran, with uncertain consequences for Armenia-Iran commerce.

Azerbaijan and Armenia are currently in negotiations over the precise nature of that route, and the sensitive political question of who will have what kind of control over transit along the route. But Azerbaijan has frequently touted the corridor in pan-Turkic terms (it would allow smoother access from mainland Azerbaijan to Turkey, which borders Nakhchivan), alarming Iran. And Azerbaijan has further threatened that if it doesn’t get what it wants from Armenia, it could take the territory by force.

Iranian officials say they don’t oppose the new route per se. “Iran is not against the creation of the Zangezur corridor,” Iran’s ambassador to Baku, Abbas Mousavi, said on August 28. “It depends on Azerbaijan and Armenia and is an international issue. The principle of our country is that one country cannot influence the national interests of another country, including neighbors.”

But Tehran also has said repeatedly that changing borders in the Caucasus would amount to a “red line.” In a July 19 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, Khamenei reiterated that concern. “If there is an effort to block the border between Iran and Armenia, the Islamic Republic will oppose it because this border has been a communication route for thousands of years,” he said.

Tehran has been expressing its support for Armenia’s territorial integrity in other ways. Iran announced that it is opening a consulate in the southern Armenian city of Kapan and appointed a consul in August, which was a “clear signal” to Baku, analyst Salar Seifaldini told the Iranian newspaper Donya-e Eqtesadi.

There also has been a recent uptick in anti-Azerbaijan articles in the Iranian press. One newspaper even resurrected a 12-year-old Italian tabloid story claiming that the wife of President Ilham Aliyev was having an affair with the president of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko.

And on August 24, a Turkish pro-government tabloid printed quotes of what it said was an audio recording of a former senior Iranian diplomat, Ebulfezl Zuhtevend, making various insulting and provocative comments about Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan is a frightening phenomenon for us. Nakhchivan should be completely annexed to Iran,” he reportedly said. “Armenians are allies of Iran, and it has always been this way throughout history. There is no such thing as Azerbaijan … Azerbaijan should be annexed to Iran again, otherwise it will infect Iran like a cancer cell.”

Tension between Iran and Azerbaijan already has flared on several occasions since 2020. In May, Aliyev got into a public argument with an Iranian analyst who accused Baku of allowing Iranian Azerbaijani separatists a government-supported platform. Last fall, the arrest of two Iranian truck drivers by Azerbaijani police escalated into Iranian military exercises on Azerbaijan’s borders.

In both those cases Baku appeared to be gently dabbling in stoking separatism, but the recent appeals are the most overt yet.

“Probably our compatriots often look dreamily at us, seeing the constant development of an independent Azerbaijan … So the population of Southern Azerbaijan can take the example of what to strive for,” the Caliber.az piece concluded. “Our southern brothers, we know that you can do it! The time has come!”

As always in Iran-Azerbaijan relations, the shadow of Israel is looming large over this latest bout of tension. In July, Israel’s ambassador to Baku, George Deek, tweeted a photo of himself reading a book called “Mysterious Tales of Tabriz,” referring to the major city of northern Iran. 


 

The tweet caused a small social media firestorm, with several Azerbaijanis and their supporters tweeting similar images, and resulted in a thinly veiled threat from Iran’s ambassador to Baku, Abbas Mousavi. 


 

Mousavi subsequently gave a long interview to the Tehran Times in which he portrayed Azerbaijan-Iran relations as warm, with the only sore spot being Israel’s attempts to drive a wedge between them. He did not mention the Zangezur corridor.

On August 31, the defense trade publication Breaking Defense published a piece detailing Israel-Azerbaijani military cooperation and its potential use against Iran.

“[I]t is clear that tight defense relations with Azerbaijan offers Israel some potential benefits, including the deployment of sensors on Azeri soil or using its long border with Iran to enable better penetration of special units into Iran. Azerbaijan could also, in theory, offer up its airspace for Israeli jets to enter Iranian territory if needed,” read the article. It was republished on an Azerbaijani government-run news aggregator.





Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at Eurasianet, and author of The Bug Pit.

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Posted 16 September 2022 - 08:43 AM

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Iran-Armenia Border must Remain Unchanged, Iran tells Azerbaijan
 
 

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov on Wednesday afternoon that the Islamic Republic will not accept a change in its border with Armenia.

“We view the border of Iran with Armenia as a historic connection route that must remain unchanged,” Amir Abdollahian insisted in his phone call with Bayramov.

The telephone conversation followed deadly border clashes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia that erupted on Monday night.

Amir Abdollahian expressed Tehran’s great concern over the renewed clashes between the two Caucasian countries and said Iran is ready to mediate to settle the conflict peacefully and politically.

Iran’s chief diplomat added, “We have always insisted on the protection of the territorial integrity of countries, including Azerbaijan and Armenia.”

He also said the region cannot tolerate another war.

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Posted 16 September 2022 - 09:12 AM

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Sept 15 2022
 
 
 
Iran “Will Engage in Countermeasures,” to Defend Armenia Mashregh News Warns Azerbaijan

The September 15 edition of the Iran Media Review examines warning messages to Azerbaijan regarding the Iran-Armenia border.

Sep 15, 2022
 

Already entangled in border skirmishes with Taliban forces on its eastern borders, Iran is also facing significant geopolitical change on its northwestern border regions with Armenia, which risk getting severed by the advances of Azerbaijan’s armed forces. For now, Iran’s reactions are limited to warnings to Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, but that may change fast. 

  • September 14: “As the second Karabakh war broke out in late September 2020, the Islamic Republic of Iran urged both parties to show restraint, and emphasized the Republic of Azerbaijan’s right to reclaim its occupied territories through negotiation,” Mashregh News wrote, and continued: “It appears Ankara is pressing for the Azerbaijani military’s occupation of the southern parts of the Syunik province of Armenia in order to connect the isolated Nakhchivan exclave to the Republic of Azerbaijan, and thereby create the so-called ‘Zangezur Corridor.’” Quoting unnamed Armenian sources, Mashregh wrote that Azerbaijan’s military advances may sever the land connection between Iran and Armenia. Warning Azerbaijan, Mashregh emphasized: “The Islamic Republic of Iran, which respected the Republic of Azerbaijan’s decision to reclaim its territory, has overtly and on many occasions declared it will abandon its policy of restraint and neutrality and engage in countermeasures if the government in Baku decides to change the geopolitics of the Caucasus and international borders.”  
  • September 14: Khorasan Daily wrote: “The new objective of the Republic of Azerbaijan is maximalist, since it wants to usurp the Syunik region of Armenia, or at a very minimum to create the Zangezur Corridor to connect it to Nakhchivan, and thereby to Turkey, which will be resisted by the Islamic Republic.” In a separate article, Khorasan columnist Hamed Rahimpour argued: “If Baku pursues the objective of occupying the Iran-Armenia border regions, it will in practice have full control over Iran’s connections to Armenia, Eurasia, and Europe and can use it as a leverage against Iran … The leader of the revolution has emphasized that international borders must not change … and Ilham Aliyev ought not play with the tail of the lion.” 
  • September 14: Hamshahri Daily reported that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a phone conversation with his Azerbaijani counterpart, warned “the Iran-Armenia border is a historical transit route and must be saved as such without change.” 
  • September 14: Salar Seyf, an academic, in a tweet claimed Iranian infantry and armored units at the Iran-Armenia border are in a state of alert.  
 


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Posted 16 September 2022 - 09:17 AM

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Tehran vows to counter with “special resistance” any scenario which would damage historic Iran-Armenia border

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 15, ARMENPRESS. Iran has resolutely and in various levels expressed its position regarding the ongoing developments in the Caucasus region and its relations with two neighboring countries – the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Iranian Embassy in Armenia said in comments to First Channel News.

 

“As we saw in the news reports covering the meetings between the Supreme Leader of the Revolution and the Presidents of Russia and Turkey, Iran opposes the violation of territorial integrity and borders of neighboring countries and will display special resistance to any scenario which would damage the Iran-Armenia border – the historic route connecting two neighboring peoples. This principled position of ours has been repeated during the phone call between the President of Iran and the Prime Minister of Armenia, as well as the foreign ministers of Iran and Azerbaijan,” the Iranian embassy said.

 
 

 

On September 13, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched a major attack on Armenia from several directions, bombarding both military and civilian infrastructures with rocket-artillery and drone strikes.

105 Armenian troops were killed and 6 civilians were wounded. Azerbaijan halted its attack in the evening of September 14 after a ceasefire was reached.

 

 

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 05:48 AM

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BREAKING: Iran deploying around 50,000 troops to the Armenian border

By Chris King • 16 September 2022 • 21:16

 
Around 50,000 troops are being deployed to the Armenian border by Iran.

 

 

It has been reported this evening, Friday, September 16, that around 50,000 troops have been deployed to the Armenian border by Iran. This comes as a direct result of the recent attacks by Azerbaijan on the small state of Armenia. There are also as yet unconfirmed reports on social media sites of Turkey dispatching 45,000 reservists to the same border areas.

Iran shares a border with both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Nasser Kanaani, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman already stressed in an official government statement last Tuesday, September 13, that the Islamist Republic will not accept any changes in the borders of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia.

Unconfirmed reports claim that two regiments of Iran‘s army have already gone to the aid of Armenia and are fighting with Azerbaijani forces. It is also claimed that a large number of Azerbaijani soldiers have subsequently been killed.

Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the IRGC ground forces, today, Friday, September 16, reportedly visited the units located on the border of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nakhichevan. He stated that their readiness level is very high, according to Iranian media reports.

Alen Simonyan, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia tweeted his thanks for the support of the Iranian Government yesterday, Thursday, September 15. 

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Posted 18 September 2022 - 05:49 AM

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Any change of internationally recognized borders in region is unacceptable – Iranian President to Erdogan

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. During a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that any change of internationally recognized borders in the region is unacceptable, Mehr news agency reports.

 

Raisi said that the territorial integrity of regional countries must be preserved.

 
 

“The basis of our policy in the region is that the fates of the countries must be determined by themselves and that their national sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected” Raisi told Erdogan in Samarkand on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

 

 

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Posted 20 September 2022 - 07:07 AM

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Iran reiterates it will not accept any geopolitical change in region

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 19, ARMENPRESS. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani has commented on the latest military operations on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border which started as a result of the attack of Azerbaijan on Armenia.

 

The spokesperson said Iran believes that the political will of the two countries to start negotiations, the regional framework and the joint efforts of the neighbors will help to solve the conflicts in Caucasus.

 
 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly expressed its sincere position over the developments happening in the South Caucasus. Unfortunately, we again witnessed a new stage of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which resulted in losses and wounded on both sides. Iran, based on its friendly policy and the principled policy aimed at contributing constructively to the quick settlement of regional crises, has made political efforts”, the foreign ministry spokesperson said.

Nasser Kanaani said Tehran believes that it is necessary to apply political approaches and solutions to stop the conflicts, reduce tension and enter a political dialogue for solving the border disputes between the two countries. “Iran will also not accept any geopolitical change in the region”, he added.

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2022 - 08:42 AM

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Iran won’t tolerate any border change in region – Chief of General Staff

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 22, ARMENPRESS. Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri said Iran will not tolerate any change in the borders in the region, IRNA reports.

 

Mohammad Bagheri said they call on Azerbaijan and Armenia to solve the issues between them peacefully, through dialogue. “We do not seek conflicts and wars, but we do not remain silent when it is necessary to resist them”, he said.

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2022 - 08:45 AM

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Iran’s connection with Armenia must not be jeopardized – President Raisi reiterates inadmissibility of border changes

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 22, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi within the framework of the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

 
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PM Pashinyan spoke in detail about Azerbaijan’s large-scale aggression against the sovereign territory of Armenia and its aftermath, underscoring the importance of the international community’s, including Iran’s adequate reaction in direction of condemning the Azerbaijani actions and withdrawal of Azerbaijani military units from sovereign territory of Armenia.
 
 

PM Pashinyan expressed content regarding Iran’s clear assessments and highlighted close bilateral partnership in the current situation.

President Raisi said that Iran is closely following the developments and added that all conflicts in the region must be resolved exclusively peacefully. President Raisi said that Iran’s position over territorial integrity of countries and the inadmissibility of changes of borders in the region is clear and that Iran’s connection with Armenia must not be jeopardized.

President Raisi said Iran is ready to support the establishment of peace in the region, adding that the issue of Armenia’s security is important for Iran.

PM Pashinyan and President Raisi exchanged views on further development and expansion of cooperation between Armenia and Iran in various areas. Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed.

 

 

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Posted 25 September 2022 - 07:12 AM

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Iran ready to hold consultations with Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve their differences peacefully - FM 

 
 
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YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 24, ARMENPRESS. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to hold consultations with the officials of Armenia and Azerbaijan to help them, as the two sides of conflict, to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said during his meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Baryamov in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reports.

 

Amirabdollahian reiterated the clear stance of the Islamic Republic of Iran in open and decisive opposition to any change to the geopolitical map and borders of the region.

 
 

During the meeting, the Azerbaijani foreign minister also reiterated the existing issues in bilateral relations and underlined the significance of mutual consultations and cooperation. He rejected claims on geopolitical change in the region and noted that “his country seeks to resolve its territorial and border disputes with Armenia through regional cooperation”.

 

 

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Posted 29 September 2022 - 12:07 PM

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Musk says activating Starlink for Iranian citizens
Musk says activating Starlink for Iranian citizens
September 24, 2022 - 14:37 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Friday, September 23 that he would activate the firm's satellite internet service, Starlink, in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's tweet that the United States took action "to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information" to Iranians, Reuters reports.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance expanding internet services available to Iranians despite U.S. sanctions on the country, amid protests around Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody.

A Treasury official briefing reporters said: "Our understanding of Starlink is that what they provide would be commercial grade, and it would be hardware that's not covered in the general license; so that would be something they would need to write into Treasury for."

A U.S. State Department spokesperson later said of Friday's updated license that it was self-executing and that "anyone who meets the criteria outlined in this general license can proceed with their activities without requesting additional permissions."

Musk could not be reached for comments or clarification regarding Starlink's clearance to operate in Iran.

Iranians have been protesting over the death of Mahsa Amini last week while in police custody after being arrested by the morality police for wearing "unsuitable attire".

Musk said on Monday that the company wanted to provide Starlink satellite broadband service - already provided to Ukraine for its fight against Russia's invasion - to Iranians, and would ask for a sanctions exception.

The U.S. State Department spokesperson added that if SpaceX were to determine that some activity aimed at Iranians requires a specific license, "OFAC would welcome it and prioritize it".

"By the same token, if SpaceX determines that its activity is already authorized and has any questions, OFAC also welcomes that engagement," the State Department spokesperson said.



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Posted 05 October 2022 - 08:00 AM

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Azerbaijan wants to open 'corridor' through Armenia for Caspian Sea-Turkey direct energy trade, warns Iranian official

 
 
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YEREVAN, OCTOBER 4, ARMENPRESS. Azerbaijan seeks to have a corridor toward Nakhijevan “out of Armenia’s control” and seeks to set an energy-trade corridor directly from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, the Director General of Transit of Road and Road Transport Organization of Iran Javad Hedayati told the Iranian ILNA.

 

Hedayati said Iran should be ready for any situation because the current situation will unlikely be maintained.

 
 

“Apparently, Azerbaijan seeks to have a corridor toward Nakhchivan out of Armenian’s control to keep its connection with Nakhchivan without any obstacle and long-term guarantee and it seeks to establish an energy-trade corridor directly from the Caspian Sea to Turkey with the coordination of its allies,” ILNA quoted the Iranian official as saying. “We should pay attention that the current situation will unlikely be maintained and continued and because of that we should be ready for any situation,” he added.

Azerbaijan seeks that connection to Nakhchivan territory in a form of a corridor from inside Armenia, Javad Hedayati said. 

 

The Iranian government has numerously said that it strongly opposes the Azeri-Turkish aspirations on opening a “corridor” through Armenian territory and emphasized that any change in the Armenian-Iranian border is unacceptable for Tehran.

 

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan numerously ruled out ceding any extraterritorial corridor to Azerbaijan through Armenian territory, at the same time noted that Armenia is ready to open the roads.

Addressing the UN Security Council meeting after the Azeri attack on Armenia in September, the Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN Mher Margaryan said that there are credible reports that Azerbaijan is planning yet another military offensive by widening the geography of the aggression against Armenia, including from the direction of Nakhijevan, to realize the unlawful ambitions of Azerbaijan towards establishing an extraterritorial corridor through the sovereign territory of Armenia.

 

 

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Posted 10 October 2022 - 08:05 AM

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Iranian FM comments on recent decision to open an embassy in southern Armenia
 

(MENAFN) Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has remarked on Iran’s recent decision to open an embassy in southern Armenia, stating the embassy seeks to strengthen Iran-Armenia ties.

In comments to ICANA, Amir Abdollahian saw the founding and start of activities of the first Consul General of Iran in Kapan, Armenia, according to the view of the Raisi administration on financial problems and with the goal of firming the North-South transit way and growing and deepening the ties between Iran and Armenia.

“This move, which will help strengthen the North-South transit route, was carried out with the aim of developing and strengthening cooperation between the two countries, especially in the economic field, and the Iranian Consulate has started its activities in Kapan,” Amir Abdollahian noted.

He also said, “We will witness the ever-increasing expansion and deepening of relations between Iran and Armenia with the establishment of the first consulate in Kapan.”

 

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Posted 12 October 2022 - 03:17 PM

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Posted 13 October 2022 - 08:09 AM

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Oct 10 2022
 
 
 

TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (MNA) – The Vice Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that Islamic Republic of Iran is against changing the internationally-recognized borders.

Speaking in his meeting with the chairman of Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group Gevorg Papoyan in Tehran late on Monday, Ebrahim Azizi said that the two countries of Iran and Armenia enjoy high capacities and potentials to strengthen their bilateral relations.

High-profile discussions between the two parliaments could pave suitable ways for taking advantage of these capacities, he added.

The Iranian lawmaker pointed to the significance of the issue of Caucasus and conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan for the Islamic Republic of Iran and added that military conflict in this region is the major concern of Iranian officials.

Iran invites the two conflicting parties to practice self-restraint, so that resorting to coercion and force is not the possible tool to iron out the differences, rather, negotiations is a fundamental need to restore peace and security in this region, he said.

Emphasizing that regional problems must be solved by the countries of region themselves, Ebrahim Azizi said that extra-regional countries should not be allowed to enter the region under the pretext of solving problem.

The head of Iran-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, for his turn, said that Armenia considers Iran as a very powerful and important country in the region and extra-regional countries cannot tarnish the amicable and longstanding ties between the two countries.

Some countries of the region have a greedy eye to tarnishing the territorial integrity of Armenia, Papoyan said and expressed his thanks to the explicit position of the Iranian authorities in supporting the territorial integrity of Armenia.

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Posted 13 October 2022 - 08:12 AM

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Oct 12 2022
 
 
Why Iran won’t tolerate closure of its ancient borders with Armenia
Wednesday, 12 October 2022 3:03 PM
 
 
 

By Arwin Ghaemian

In the aftermath of the Russo-Persian Wars (1804–1828), Azerbaijanis living around the northern Aras River lamented the Russian occupation and tragic separation from their motherland Iran.

Since then, Azerbaijani folk music has been characterized by melancholic tunes, in somber remembrance of the catastrophe.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave, was wrested by the Russian-backed Armenians from Azerbaijan in an ethnic clash that took place in the early 1990s.

After the outbreak of the war, Iran did not hesitate to assign senior military advisers such as General Mansour Haghighat-Pour to organize the Azeri troops.

In the wake of confrontations against the Armenian aggressors, Haghighat-Pour and his aides personally oversaw the equipping and training of the Azerbaijani army. 

At the time, Heydar Aliyev, then-president of Azerbaijan and a former cunning KGB general, stated in a military parade that he intended to award the Iranian officer with the country's Order of Honor.

Hundreds of noble Iranians sacrificed their lives during the first Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988–1994) to liberate Armenian-occupied territories.

There is still a cemetery in Baku where fallen Iranian martyrs lie buried.

Iran’s armed forces also responded to the Armenian advancement toward Nakhchivan, a landlocked Azeri territory, by deploying artillery in the area.

Iran also welcomed with open arms over 70,000 Azeri civilian refugees who fled from the invading Armenian forces. The influx of Azeri refugees in a country grappling with a fledgling economy following eight years of war with Iraq’s Ba’athist regime was considered a “duty” by Iranian officials.

Following the cessation of hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenian, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who is himself of Azerbaijani descent, visited Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s northwestern province of Azerbaijan, on July 27, 1993.

“The Armenian government and the Armenians of Karabakh have recently committed oppressive measures against the Muslims in that region, and we condemn these atrocities," he remarked at the time. "We expect that the Armenians in Iran will equally denounce the mistreatment of Armenians."

On September 27, 2020, the long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region escalated into a 44-day war.

In the wake of clashes between Baku and Yerevan, the representatives of Ayatollah Khamenei, who are also Imams of Friday prayers in four northwestern Iranian Azeri-populated provinces, declared unequivocal support for the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

The Azeri-speaking clergymen regarded the liberation of Armenian-occupied territories as an inalienable national right of the Azerbaijanis.

Seyyed Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem, the representative of Ayatollah Khamenei in East Azerbaijan province, cited the Leader as saying that Karabakh is a part of the Islamic world.

In a speech broadcast live on state television on November 3, 2020, Iran’s Supreme Leader said: “Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia should be liberated and returned to Azerbaijan,” according to state television.

He stressed that the war should end quickly, the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh are protected, and no boundary modifications are accepted. 

After the liberation of Şuşa, the second-largest city in Nagorno-Karabakh, on November 9, 2020, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement brokered by the Kremlin, putting a temporary end to the lingering conflict that had been frozen since 1994.

The liberation of the occupied areas by the Republic of Azerbaijan was welcomed by the Iranian public and the government, bearing testament to the profound cultural, religious, and historical heritage between the two countries.

Nevertheless, the loss of Armenian control of one-third of Nagorno-Karabakh and all seven Azerbaijani districts it previously controlled heralded a dramatic shift in geopolitical realities in the South Caucasus, a mosaic of intermingled ethnic groups.

But Azerbaijan, many would argue, forgot the adage “Nōlī manum qvæ tē alit mordēre,” which translates into ‘do not bite the hand that feeds you.’

The country's long-coveted ambition to have unrestricted access to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through the so-called “Zangezur Corridor” is a key factor in recent tensions between Baku and Yerevan. 

However, the crux of the problem is that, if implemented, the purported corridor that passes through Armenia’s southern Syunik province would sever Iran’s connections with Armenia. 

Armenia opposes this scenario because it constitutes a violation of the country's sovereignty over a vital part of its territory.

Iran also would not accept any modifications to its northern borders, which block it from accessing the European markets and jeopardize its commercial North-South Corridor, which links Iran to Russia and Central Asian republics. 

With its eyes on Syunik, Baku’s recent provocations in this regard have been met with concern in Iran.

As Ayatollah Khamenei recently reminded Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Tehran will not tolerate the closure of its ancient borders with Armenia. 

The mood in Tehran suggests that all options will be on the table if Baku goes ahead and occupies the 38-kilometer-wide Jermuk region of Armenia to reach Nakhchivan. That will be tantamount to crossing the red line.

Arwin Ghaemian is a Ph.D. student at Tehran University, specializing in Iranian Qajar history. He resided in Arabic countries for nearly two decades. His expertise is Iran's modern history as well as the Middle East's socio-economic and security issues.

(The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV).






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