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Iran Supports Peace Talks Between Armenia and Azerbaijan: President

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that regional countries are the ones that should resolve the region’s issues, while foreign meddling would only complicate the situation.

He made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan in the capital Tehran, according to a statement published on the website of his office.

Raisi stressed that Iran supports the peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, expressing hopes that the talks would help ensure peace and security in the region.

He voiced Iran’s opposition to foreign interference and any geopolitical alteration in the region, adding that his country supports all regional states’ independent sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The president also highlighted the necessity of improving bilateral ties, saying Iran sees no obstacle to expanding relations with Armenia.

Mirzoyan, for his part, praised Iran for its position on the Caucasus region’s developments, emphasizing that his country will never turn into an anti-Iran platform.

The Armenian top diplomat also stressed the importance of ensuring regional peace and security.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been at loggerheads over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a cease-fire was agreed upon, but there have been sporadic minor clashes between the two sides.

A new round of armed conflict broke out along the contact line on Sept. 27, 2020, before Russia brokered a cease-fire on Nov. 9, 2020.

The two sides have since been discussing a peace deal.