Tehran can’t tolerate the presence of militants from Syria working within the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area, the place preventing between Azerbaijan and Armenia is perilously near Iran’s borders, President Rouhani has warned.
During a cupboard assembly on Wednesday, he declared that the seemingly localised flare-up, primarily based on long-standing mutual grievances could evolve right into a regional battle.The Islamic Republic will concentrate on making certain “the security of our cities and villages” that look like mendacity inside reach of stray shells or rockets coming from contained in the battle zone,” he mentioned.
Hostilities involving Armenia and forces of the contested Nagorno-Karabakh on one aspect, and Azerbaijan on the opposite, have been ongoing, in relative proximity to neighboring Iran, for ten days now. Therefore, Tehran is following carefully the developments on the bottom and stays involved that “this war does not turn into a regional war and will not spread [further].”To date, stray mortar shells have injured a baby and broken some buildings within the northern Iranian countryside, near the border with Azerbaijan, Iranian media has reported.Elaborating on his nation’s worries, Rouhani confused it’s “unacceptable” that “certain people want to transfer some terrorists from Syria and other places to the [South Caucasus] region and near our borders.” The Iranian president did not clarify what country is sourcing auxiliary manpower from conflict-ridden Syria but said this message was conveyed to both Yerevan and Baku. Meanwhile, Iran, which shares nearly 470 miles (760km) of the border with Azerbaijan and a short stretch of frontier with Armenia, announced that it is developing a peace plan for Nagorno-Karabakh. Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh did not elaborate on its details but said all regional countries would be involved.Speculation about “Syrian mercenaries” flocking into the inflamed Nagorno-Karabakh hotspot has been rife since the conflict broke out on September 27. Late on Tuesday, Sergey Naryshkin, chief of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said “mercenaries from the worldwide terrorist organizations preventing within the Middle East” are transferring into the battle zone on a par with “extremist Kurdish groups.”Again, he additionally stopped wanting singling out a selected aspect benefiting from the international foot troopers. Syria’s President Bashar Assad was extra simple earlier that day, immediately accusing Turkey of funneling Syrian terrorists into Nagorno-Karabakh – and of “instigating” the renewed hostilities. France’s Emmanuel Macron has additionally voiced an identical declare, citing “reliable information.”
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Azerbaijan and Turkey – which overwhelmingly sided with its Turkic-speaking Caucasian ally – have constantly denied the accusations of utilizing Syrian mercenaries within the war-ravaged enclave. Baku has dubbed them “complete nonsense” and “cheap political propaganda.” It confused that Azerbaijani forces are strong sufficient and are in no want of any third-party assist from Ankara.In flip, Azerbaijan’s safety service claimed it wiretapped the radio communications of Syrian and Iraqi Kurds supporting the Armenian conflict effort in Nagorno-Karabakh. A Syria-based Kurdish occasion has rubbished the report, telling Russian media that the Kurds “have enough of their own problems.” If you want this story, share it with a pal!