Baku’s Move to Clear Misunderstandings Hailed

Baku’s Move to Clear Misunderstandings Hailed
Baku’s Move to Clear Misunderstandings Hailed

Iran’s top diplomat said the release of two Iranian truck drivers detained by Azerbaijani authorities last month was a “constructive” move to clear misunderstandings, expressing Tehran’s willingness to broaden relations with Baku.
In a phone conversation on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Jeyhun Bayramov, discussed the latest developments in mutual ties, IRNA reported. 
Amir-Abdollahian said the release of the two Iranian drivers was a “constructive” measure that can pave the way for resolving misunderstandings between the two neighboring countries.
He called for more positive steps with the aim of settling issues between the two countries and the facilitation of the Iranian trucks’ movements in border areas.
Azerbaijan on Thursday released two Iranian truck drivers whose arrest last month strained ties between Baku and Tehran.
The truck drivers were detained on accusations of trespassing into territories that were liberated last year after nearly three decades of occupation by pro-Armenian forces.
The move marks a thaw between the two countries a week after their foreign ministers agreed to resolve the issue through dialogue.
In a phone call focusing on the latest developments in bilateral ties on October 12, Amir-Abdollahian told Azerbaijan’s foreign minister that any concerns or issues between Tehran and Baku must be resolved through dialogue and cooperation, and also in a calm and friendly atmosphere.
The phone conversation came as the Iranian foreign minister had previously sounded a warning concerning certain provocations by the Israeli regime near Iran’s borders in Azerbaijan.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart, Ararat Mirzoyan, in Tehran on October 4, the Iranian foreign minister said the Israeli regime’s presence in the region is a cause for serious concern, stressing the importance of resolving regional problems without foreign interference.
In his Saturday talks, Amir-Abdollahian said Tehran and Baku need to adopt a positive and forward-looking approach and called for the activation of the joint economic commission between the two countries as soon as possible.
The Azerbaijani foreign minister welcomed the positive steps taken by the two countries to resolve the misunderstandings.
Bayramov stressed the importance of implementing joint economic projects between the two countries, which he said would result in positive outcomes, and called for the joint economic commission to resume work.

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