Azerbaijan thanks Imam Khamenei for supporting its stance on Karabakh conflict
Khalaf Khalafov Aly oglu, Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister, has thanked Iran's Supreme Leader Imam Khamenei for his support of Baku's stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In a phone call with Iran's ambassador to Baku this past Tuesday, Khalaf Khalafov expressed his country's deep appreciation for Ayatollah Khamenei's "important and fair" remarks which were based on "friendship and brotherhood" between the two neighboring countries, the Iranian embassy in Baku reported.
Additionally, he described as important the Iranian special envoy's trip and Iran's regional initiative to solve the crisis.
Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday expressed his regret over the current war between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Kharabakh, calling it a “bitter incident”.
The Iranian leader suggested that the solution to the ongoing problem is a return of all occupied lands of Azerbaijan by Armenia and “this must be done and international borders must be respected.”
Nonetheless, the security of the ethnic Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have to be protected, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.
Khalaf Khalafov also emphasized the importance of immediate implementation of the agreements reached in the meeting between Azerbaijan's president and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.
Araqchi went to Baku on Wednesday on a regional trip to present Iran's plan for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and held talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov during his visit.