Today, Tuesday, Turkey and Azerbaijan will hold four-day large-scale military exercises as the foreign ministers of Iran and Armenia discussed the dossier on the Nagorno-Karabakh region amid mounting tensions between Tehran and Baku over Israel’s presence in the Caucasus. .
The Turkish Defense Ministry said – in a statement – that the Turkish army will begin large-scale military exercises with the Azerbaijani army today, Tuesday.
She explained that the maneuvers are taking place in the “Nahjavan” area in the triangle of the Turkish-Iranian-Azerbaijani border.
According to the statement, the maneuvers are aimed at developing cooperation, coordination and friendship between the Azerbaijanis and Turkish ground forces, and will last until October 8.
In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian discussed developments in the region and the issue of the Karabakh region with his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan.
In a joint press conference after the meeting, Abdullahian said the Iranian and Armenian parties have reached a fruitful consensus at the strategic level.
“We signed a new roadmap for relations between the two countries in Tehran today,” he added.
In turn, Mirzoyan said he was discussing developments in the region and the Karabakh issue with his Iranian counterpart.
It is noteworthy that Azerbaijan expelled the Armenian fighters from large parts of the Nagorno-Karabakh region after a war that lasted more than a month in the year 2020.
During the war, Azerbaijan received military support from the Turkish armed forces and the Russian diplomatic intervention led to a ceasefire between the two sides on 10 November.
During the war, Iran remained neutral and contented itself with warning both sides not to approach its borders.
But in recent days there have been serious tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan over what Tehran calls Baku’s sponsorship of the Israeli presence in the Caucasus.
On Monday, Iran expressed its rejection of any Israeli presence in the Caucasus, stressing that it “will not remain idle”.
Iran’s foreign minister expressed concern over what he called the Israeli presence and the presence of terrorists in the South Caucasus and northern Iran.
Abdullahian stressed at a press conference with his Armenian counterpart in Tehran that his country will not allow some parties to influence relations with neighboring countries.
In turn, the ground forces commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Muhammad Pakpour, said his country will not accept neighboring countries becoming a safe arena for Israel, where it conducts its operations to destabilize security. in the region.
Pakpour added that Tehran believes the security of its borders is intertwined with the security of neighboring countries’ borders.
He also stressed that any geopolitical change in the region would harm Iran’s security, and that this issue was a red line.
Last Friday, the Iranian army launched military exercises in the northwest of the country on the Azerbaijan border, involving artillery, armored brigades, drones and electronic warfare instruments.
These maneuvers took place amid escalating differences between the two countries after the Baku government imposed strict tariffs on trucks carrying Iranian fuel to the city of Stepanakert, the capital of the unilaterally proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, backed by Armenia.
Iranian Army Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari said the current maneuvers are becoming increasingly important in light of “the overt and covert Israeli presence” and the “notable presence of ISIS terrorists” in the region.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for its part, rejected Iranian allegations of the presence of third-party troops near their common border.
On Monday, the ministry spokeswoman said the inviolability of internationally recognized borders is one of the basic principles guiding Azerbaijan.
She added that developing friendly relations with neighboring countries is one of the main priorities of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, and the spokeswoman stressed that her country is very sensitive to the issue of Islamic solidarity, as she described it.
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