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15:57 | 2012-09-11

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Iranian FM: Tehran Keen to Expand All-Out Ties with Baku

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called current relations between Iran and Azerbaijan as friendly and constructive, and said that Tehran tries to explore new avenues for expansion of bilateral ties.

Iranian foreign minister stated that despite the attempts made by the enemies to sow discord between the two brotherly nations and governments, Tehran is eager to boost and strengthen mutual ties in various political, economic, business and cultural arenas with Baku.

Earlier this year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Azeri Defense Minister Safar Abiyev here in Tehran to discuss the two countries' ties.

At the meeting, Ahmadinejad lauded the two countries' friendly ties, and renewed Iran's support for Azerbaijan's independence, progress and territorial integrity.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran always supports the independence, grandeur, and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan," Ahmadinejad said in March.

He said Tehran-Baku relations are deep-rooted and brotherly, and added, "These relations would never be affected by events occurring in certain time junctures."

The president emphasized that care should be taken not to let the enemies and the satins to influence the two countries' relations.

In relevant remarks in March, the visiting Azeri defense minister underlined that his country will not allow enemies to use Azerbaijan's soil as a launch pad for attacking other countries, specially Iran.