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Iran’s Zarif to visit Moscow, Baku to discuss Karabakh

Zarif to Visit Moscow, Baku to Discuss Karabakh

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, will visit Russia and Azerbaijan next week to discuss the situation in Karabakh.
In a statement Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Zarif’s visit to Moscow and Baku on Monday and Tuesday was aimed at “talking to regional parties”.
He said the issues on the agenda would be Nagorno-Karabakh, the latest developments in the region, as well as bilateral issues.
The visit comes days after a peace deal was reached between Azerbaijan and Armenia, negotiated by Moscow, ending weeks of fighting for Karabakh.
The truce is seen as a victory for Baku, which had fought to regain control of its territory from the Armenian occupation.
Iran hailed the agreement, hoping that it “would lead to final arrangements to establish lasting peace in the Caucasus region.”
Reports of the Iran-Armenia border closure as part of the deal surfaced on social media days ago, creating a stir in Tehran.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbad Aragchi, reacting to reports he called “false”, said the creation of a “geographic line” on the Iran-Armenia border was “without merit.”
Aragchi had recently visited Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey to discuss Iran’s “peace proposal” on the Karabakh crisis, which called for a ceasefire and an end to the war.
Official sources in Tehran told Anadolu news agency that the issue of Iranian border security would feature prominently in Zarif’s talks with officials in Moscow and Baku.
Iran, which shares a border with Azerbaijan and Armenia, has traditionally maintained a neutral stance on the conflict. However, appeals have multiplied in the country in favor of Azerbaijan.
Earlier this month, Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, unequivocally supported Azerbaijan’s right to liberate the occupied territories, saying international borders should be respected.
Other issues on Zarif’s agenda, according to sources, would be the “post-Trump scenario” and “Iran’s options” if the new US administration decides to join the Iran nuclear deal. 2015.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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