Jan 26, 2022 17:24 UTC
  •  Israeli regime enemy of humanity: President Raeisi tells Azeri defense minister

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi calls the Israeli regime "the enemy of humanity," citing Tel Aviv's atrocities against the peoples of region as a case in point.

"This regime can never be a friend to Muslim nations," the chief executive said in Tehran on Wednesday during a meeting with Azerbaijan's visiting Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov.

"The Zionists' occupation and incursions throughout the region and against the Palestinian nation is a testament to this fact," Raeisi added.

He also considered the Israeli regime and the United States to be responsible for the emergence of Takfiri terrorist groups in the region, including the Daesh outfit.

"These [terrorist] groups have been created by the Americans and Zionists, and have committed criminal activities, wherever they have established a presence," the president added.

Iran-Azerbaijan ties

Raeisi also said the Islamic Republic was prepared to share its technical and engineering advances with the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The countries' ties, he said, were beyond simple "conventional bilateral ties" and rather featured a "deep relationship between two nations" that is based on their common religious beliefs that have grown strong over history.

"Iran's policy relies on extensive cooperation with its neighbors, especially Azerbaijan," the president added.

Hasanov, for his part, described his meetings so far with Iranian officials as beneficial, fruitful, and a precursor for further bilateral cooperation.