Iran assured Armenia of immutability of borders: Aliyev gave us a promise

Greater Middle East (, - Iran opposes the presence of foreign representatives in the region, both in Armenia and Azerbaijan, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, at a joint press conference held on the evening of October 20 with the Armenian colleague Ararat Mirzoyan.

The statement of the head of Iranian diplomacy was made against the background of the deployment of EU civilian observers on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

“The activities of regional representatives, such as the 3 + 3 platform, are very important for us,” Abdollahian said.

Meetings in this format with the participation of the three Transcaucasian republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and the three regional powers (Russia, Turkey, Iran) have not been held recently. The 3+3 format was launched in Moscow on December 10, 2021. Then the Georgian side avoided the meeting.

The Iranian Foreign Minister again indicated yesterday in Yerevan that Tehran will not accept the change of historical borders in the region, saying that this is the red line of Iran.

“We will take all steps that will counter such intentions,” the Iranian foreign minister warned.

“During a meeting with our leadership, the President of Azerbaijan (Ilham Aliyev) clearly stated that they have no such intention and they do not pursue and do not want to implement geographic and geopolitical changes in the region. We issued appropriate warnings at the highest level about the unacceptability of such changes in the region. Iran has the ability to prevent and oppose the implementation of any such idea,” the minister assured.

Azerbaijan's aggressive actions cast doubt on its sincerity in striving for peace, the Armenian Foreign Minister said in turn, speaking of the Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks.

“Aggression is committed by one negotiating country against another negotiating country. I think, perhaps, everyone in the world will agree that this is not the best form of sincere negotiations and peace, not the best example, not proof of the desire for peace,” Mirzoyan said.

“Our meetings on the peace treaty and other issues of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations, as well as on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem continue, at different venues, in different formats. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that the main obstacle to real universal progress is the maximalist approach of Azerbaijan and the unwillingness to reach mutually acceptable solutions with Armenia,” Mirzoyan continued.

At the same time, he expressed hope that this "obstacle will be overcome and we will be able to reach mutually acceptable situations and solutions in the near future."

This Friday, the two foreign ministers will attend the opening of the Iranian Consulate General in Armenian Kapan, the administrative center of the Syunik region.

The military-political leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly indicated that it will not tolerate encroachments on the Armenian-Iranian border, which runs in the Syunik region of the neighboring country. It is this southeastern region of Armenia that, after the 44-day war in Karabakh in the fall of 2020, became a desirable target for the Azerbaijani-Turkish tandem, which is pushing the launch of the Zangezur Corridor on its own terms.

Iran assured Armenia of immutability of borders: Aliyev gave us a promise