0521 GMT July 23, 2019
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday that Tehran does not want the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan to affect ties with its two neighbors.
Qassemi underscored that Iran’s policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is clear and has not changed, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
He said that the issue, which can cause concern for our neighbors, should be resolved on the basis of international law and through negotiations.
Qassemi also said that Iran is ready to help settle the dispute which has been a major issue between Baku and Yerevan for years.
His comments came days after an official visit by the Armenian prime minister to Tehran, during which he held talks with Iran’s Leader and president and signed several cooperation agreements with Iran.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan also held a separate meeting with Armenian-Iranians in a club in Tehran, where some placards in Armenian about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were put up in the sports complex which belongs to Armenian-Iranians living in Iran.
Referring to the placards put up in Ararat sport complex, Qassemi said that Tehran does not approve the “unacceptable” move.
“Iran seeks the expansion of firm ties with its neighbors based on mutual respect, with no interference in each other’s internal affairs,” he added.
Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies inside Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians, has run its own affairs with support from Armenia since a separatist war ended in 1994.
The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out in the dying years of the Soviet Union. Efforts to reach a permanent settlement have failed despite mediation led by many countries.
30,000 people had been killed and about one million had been driven from their homes due to conflicts between the two countries.