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Publish Date: 20:48 - 09 April 2014
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined Tehran's resolve to utilize its experiences to maintain peace and security in the region, including settlement of the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
"We are by all means ready to resolve the regional problems, including the one in Nagorno-Karabakh region, within the framework of international regulations and justice," President Rouhani said, addressing a joint press conference with his visiting Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev in Tehran  on Wednesday.

He underlined that Iran does not accept any change to the geographical borders of the region, and said, "We should all try to settle these differences in a political and peaceful manner."

The Iranian president pointed to his talks with his Azeri counterpart, and said, "W share common views on energy, gas and the petrochemical sectors as well as water, power and technical cooperation"

President Rouhani said that during his meeting with Aliyev they talked about expansion of bilateral ties in the future.

"We agreed to facilitate reciprocal visits of the two countries' nationals," the Iranian president said.

Rouhani noted that he and Aliyev had common views on religious and Islamic issues, including the point that extremism under the name of Islam is a threat to the region and in order to restore stability to the region there is no way other than moderation and fighting extremism and terrorism.

"The two countries share views on international issues and their mutual cooperation and the Azeri president in the meeting underlined Iran's peaceful nuclear rights," the Iranian president said.

The Azeri president, for his part, underlined the need for maintaining the territorial integrity of his country, and said, "Iran's stance in this regard is closer to justice and fairness and I thank Iran for this."

On December 2013, a senior Azeri political activist underlined Iran's experiences and abilities in facing regional crises, and called for Tehran's assistance to end the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

President of Vahdat (Unity) Political Party and former member of Supreme Council of Azerbaijan Republic Taher Karimli said that the Minsk Group (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Minister for European Affairs of France Thierry Repentin, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland) have expressed their pleasure in Iran’s mediation to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Karimli stressed that Azerbaijan Republic Vahdat Party has always supported Iran’s mediation to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between Baku and Yerevan, because of many historical, cultural and religious commonalities existing between Iran and Azerbaijan.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have thus remained officially at war over the Nagorno-Karabakh and the dispute is a major source of tension in the South Caucasus region wedged between Iran, Russia and Turkey.

No country - not even Armenia - officially recognizes Karabakh as an independent state.

The mountainous rebel region has been controlled by ethnic Armenians since it broke free of Baku's control after a fierce war in the early 1990s that killed 30,000 people.

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani underlined his country's enthusiasm for the further consolidation and broadening of ties with Iran in various fields.
"The Republic of Azerbaijan considers much respect and attaches importance to its relations with Iran and we want the two countries to have close relations in all areas," President Aliyev said at the meeting on Wednesday.

The Azeri president reiterated expansion of political, cultural and economic, specially energy cooperation, between Iran and Azerbaijan, and said his meeting with Rouhani "in Davous, Switzerland, was very positive and could be used as the basis for the expansion of relations between the two countries".

He explained that Tehran and Baku are willing to enhance their friendly relations and the two countries' bodies should move in this line.

Aliyev arrived in Tehran this morning to confer with senior Iranian officials on the latest developments in the region and discuss expansion of Tehran-Baku all-out ties.

In January, President Rouhani said in a meeting with Aliyev in Davos, Switzerland, that Tehran was ready to help Azerbaijan with technical know-how and technology to assist the Central Asian state in developing its energy reserves.
"Iran is ready to forge closer energy ties with Azerbaijan and transfer its know-how in oil and gas sectors to its northern neighbor,” President Rouhani said then.

The Iranian president reiterated that Tehran and Baku share many commonalities, and said, "Azerbaijan’s progress is very important for Iran."

Aliyev, for his part, termed the cultural, religious and social commonalities between Azerbaijan and Iran as a strong point in the expansion of Baku-Tehran relations.

The two presidents also exchanged viewpoints on current regional issues, cultural ties and the development of bilateral business cooperation, and invited each other to visit their respective countries.

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