By Vafa Ismayilova
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Iranian
counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian have discussed the recent
development of bilateral ties, the Foreign Ministry has
In a telepohone conversation that took place on October 23, the
ministers mainly focused on the current state of bilateral
Having positively assessed the development of events over the
past week, the ministers stressed as a mutual positive step the
warning by Iran's relevant departments about respect for
Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, as well as the release of two
Iranian drivers by Azerbaijan.
During the telephone conversation, the two officials stressed
the importance of continuing the activities of the Joint
Intergovernmental Commission, the composition of which was updated
by the new Iranian administration. The parties stressed the
importance of resolving all disagreements through dialogue.
The ministers also discussed other issues of mutual
Earlier, Baku returned back to Tehran two Iranian citizens, who
had been detained for falsifying customs documents. They smuggled
the customs border of Azerbaijan, and illegally, without documents,
crossed the guarded state border, bypassing checkpoints.
The State Customs Commitee press service reported that on the
basis of the principles of humanism, mutual respect and
good-neighborliness and demonstrating goodwill, Azerbaijan, in
compliance with the existing agreement, on the morning of October
21, returned to Iran the citizens of this country - Barzegar Hagi
Jafar Gazanfar and Nouruzi Shahrud Heydar.
Before this step by Baku, Tehran officially banned the movement
of Iranian trucks to Karabakh by passing through Azerbaijan's
The decision was signed by the director-general of the Office
for International Transport and Transit of the Organization of
Roads and Transport of Iran.
The organization sent a letter to the trade unions of Iranian
international transport companies based on the directive of the
Iranian Foreign Ministry dated October 9, 2021.
The decision states that Iranian citizens and drivers are
prohibited from entering Karabakh and Lachin corridors, which are
the territory of Azerbaijan.
It was noted that as a sign of respect for Azerbaijan's
territorial integrity, the mentioned cases apply to all Iranian
citizens, without exception, who try to go to Karabakh through
“It is resolutely recommended that Iranian drivers and Iranian
citizens, as a sign of respect for the territorial integrity of
Azerbaijan, not travel to Karabakh through the territory of
Armenia, through the Lachin corridor in order to avoid unpleasant
situations,” the decision reads.
The decision also strongly warns Iranian private freight
companies that issuing documents for trucks to travel to Karabakh
is against the law.
The relations earlier turned strained after Baku started
charging customs fees for Iran's trucks illegally passing to
Karabakh through the Gorus-Gafan road, the only motorway connecting
Armenia to Iran.
Baku had to take the step after its relevant protests were
ignored by Tehran. The move was ensued by Iran's massive military
drills near its border with Azerbaijan. Iran's state circles,
officials, MPs and the media used aggressive rhetoric against
Azerbaijan, claiming an alleged Israeli presence near its border,
which Baku officially dismissed as unfounded.
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