Iran, Armenia discuss latest regional developments

TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri met and held talks with Armenia’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ara Aivazian on the latest developments in the region.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of regional security and peace, as well as the latest border issues between Baku and Yerevan.

The Armenian Foreign Minister stressed the need for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan from the territory of Armenia.

The two sides also exchanged views on bilateral relations between Armenia and Iran.

The meeting took place while the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran is scheduled to leave for Yerevan tomorrow to consult with high-ranking Armenian officials.

Armenian media recently reported, citing official Armenian sources, that the forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had advanced up to 3.5 km into the territory of Armenia in one of the border areas.

On the other hand, news sources of the Republic of Azerbaijan had previously reported that during the First Karabakh War, Armenian forces illegally took control of some border areas of the Republic of Azerbaijan in addition to Nagorno-Karabakh.

The last round of tensions between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia began on September 27 over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with the two sides accusing each other of invading their territories. The Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement three times, but each time these agreements were violated and the two sides accused each other of violating them. The fourth ceasefire agreement was signed with the official mediation of Russia.

Following the tripartite agreement between Russia, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia on the ceasefire, Russian troops were deployed to monitor the ceasefire and establish a buffer zone between the forces involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly called for the settlement of disputes between Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan through diplomatic channels.

In reaction to the issues that have arisen along the borders between Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman called on both sides to show restraint and avoid fuelling the disagreements.

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