Iran warns Azerbaijan it will not tolerate Israel’s presence near borders
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has warned about Israel’s presence in the Caucasus region, stressing Tehran will not tolerate a geopolitical change near its borders.
Iran’s top diplomat made the warning on Wednesday at a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply concerned by Israel’s presence in the Caucasus,” Amir-Abdollahian said, adding that Tehran “will not accept a map change in the region.”
He also said that Iran expects Russia to be sensitive to any potential changes in the borders in the region and the presence of terrorists and movements of the Zionist regime that threaten regional peace and stability.
The remarks came in reaction to recent developments along Iran’s northwestern borders and the latest remarks by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev.
Iran launched a drill, codenamed Fatehan-e Kheybar (Conquerors of Khaybar), in the northwest of the country on Friday, in line with efforts to boost its defense and deterrent capabilities in the face of potential threats.
Aliyev criticized the drills, but Iran reiterated that it reserves the right, just like any other sovereign country, to hold military exercises inside its territory to test and maintain its preparedness.
Amir-Abdollahian said the Republic of Azerbaijan has held six maneuvers with some foreign parties, but Iran held only one exercise.
In addition to the presence of Daesh terrorists in the region, Iran has been suspicious of Azerbaijan’s links to the Israeli regime, too.