By Sara Rajabova
Iran supports its historical northern neighbor Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and security.
Mahmoud Vaezi, minister of communications and information technology of Iran, co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission, said in an interview with Trend on August 20 that the territorial integrity and security of Azerbaijan are very important for the Islamic Republic.
Tehran has repeatedly reiterated its support of Baku in its position towards the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Earlier, Mohsen Pak Ayeen, Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan said cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan contributes to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.
Tehran has repeatedly offered to mediate between Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Earlier, Pak Ayeen also noted that the peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the main goals of Iran's foreign policy.
Azerbaijan and Iran have had diplomatic relations since 1918. Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991 and diplomatic relations between the two countries were reestablished in 1992.
Currently, the two countries are focused on expanding their economic ties in various fields, including industry, agriculture, energy, alternative energy, and transportation.