In a significant stride toward improving relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, the top diplomats of both countries engaged in discussions concerning the normalization of their bilateral ties, regional matters, and post-second Karabakh war developments.
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayramov, and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, held a comprehensive phone conversation with a primary emphasis on bilateral and regional concerns.
Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, in a statement released on Sunday, highlighted that the ministers exchanged perspectives on various bilateral and regional subjects, as well as post-2nd Karabakh war developments.
They also addressed issues raised during recent meetings of the Azerbaijan-Iran Joint State Commission's co-chairs and contemplated future steps.
Additionally, they underscored the positive impact of recent interactions between the prosecutor general and senior military officials from both nations on the advancement of bilateral relations.
Furthermore, they explored measures necessary to fully normalize relations between Azerbaijan and Iran.
Foreign Minister Bayramov pointed out that provocative actions by the Yerevan administration have hindered the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan, notably citing the presence of more than 10,000 armed Armenian forces in the Karabakh region, which poses a significant threat to the region's stability.
Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia have persisted since 1991 when Armenian forces occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, as well as seven neighboring regions.
In the autumn of 2020, Azerbaijan successfully reclaimed several cities, villages, and settlements from Armenian occupation during 44 days of intense clashes. The conflict concluded with a cease-fire brokered by Russia.
Despite ongoing negotiations for a long-term peace agreement, tensions persist between the two nations.