Azerbaijan will settle its variations with Iran by way of dialogue, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry introduced on Wednesday following weeks of tensions over Baku’s ties with Tehran’s fundamental foe, Israel.
During their cellphone name Tuesday night, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian “stressed the importance of always respecting the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the countries.”
“The sides noted that recent rhetoric has harmed bilateral relations and that any differences should be settled through dialogue,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry stated in an announcement Wednesday.
“Both Tehran and Baku have enemies, and the two sides should not provide opportunities for the enemies to disturb the two countries’ relations,” Amir-Abdollahian was quoted by Iranian outlet IRNA as saying.
Tensions have risen between Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan in latest weeks, pushed partly by Baku’s longstanding ties with Israel and studies it was contemplating shopping for Israel’s Arrow-Three missile protection system.
Israel is a significant arms provider for Azerbaijan. During its six-week battle with Armenia for management of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area final yr, Azerbaijan deployed Israel-made surveillance drones on the battlefield.
Tehran has accused Azerbaijan of harboring Israeli army personnel, a cost Baku has rejected as “totally baseless.” Amid the friction, Amir-Abdollahian met in Tehran final week along with his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan.
Further straining the connection, Azerbaijan imposed a street tax and arrange checkpoints for Iranian vans transport items to the Armenian capital.
According to IRNA, Bayramov “proposed that the customs officials of the two countries should negotiate aimed at solving the problems that the Iranian truck drivers are faced with in transiting goods.”
In a move that added to tensions with its neighbor, Azerbaijan held joint army drills in September with Turkey and Pakistan near the 700-kilometer (435-mile) border that Azerbaijan shares with Iran. Tehran responded by staging drills of its personal earlier this month, and once more on Tuesday.