Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister on Monday met with Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) of Iran as part of his visit to this country. Touching upon security issues in the region, the minister informed the Iranian parliament speaker about the ongoing negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in particular about the incidents that have occurred recently on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. Ali Larijani, in turn, reiterated Iran’s support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, stressing that Tehran supports a peaceful solution to the conflict within the norms and principles of international law.
Azerbaijan will continue efforts to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with substantive negotiations jointly with the co-chairs, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Elmar Mammadyarov. The FM made the remarks during a meeting with Stephan Visconti, OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from France, in Baku Dec. 12.