Iran watching Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, ready to mediate: Foreign Ministry
Iran says it is precisely monitoring developments at Armenia-Azerbaijan border areas, voicing its readiness to help both countries peacefully settle their dispute.
According to Press TV, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday that Tehran is pursuing the recent developments at Armenia-Azerbaijan borders with sensitivity and precision
“The Islamic Republic of Iran stresses the importance of maintaining stability and peace in the region and invites both sides to exercise self-restraint, refrain from sowing discord and respect the borders,” he added.
The spokesperson expressed hope that the dispute would be resolved as soon as possible through peaceful ways with the two countries’ prudence.
Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia are simmering again after they fought a war last year over the Karabakh region.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Azerbaijani troops on Thursday of encroaching on Armenian territory, claiming that Azerbaijani forces advanced 3 kilometers into southern Armenia in an act of "infiltration."
Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry rejected Pashinyan's provocative claims, saying Armenia's border troops were "taking positions that belong to Azerbaijan" in the Lachin and Kalbajar districts.
Azerbaijani and Armenian military forces engaged in heavy clashes in late September over the disputed Karabakh region. Both sides blamed each other for initiating the fighting in the Caucasus Mountains.