Azeri defence minister, Iranian envoy discuss expansion of ties
Trend news agency
11 Sep 04
Baku, 11 September, Trend correspondent G. Mustafayeva: Azerbaijani
Defence Minister Col-Gen Safar Abiyev is not satisfied with the level
of military cooperation with Iran. At a meeting with Ahad Qaza’i,
the outgoing Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Abiyev said that during
his mission in Azerbaijan, Qaza’i created all the conditions for the
development of bilateral relations.
“Iran is a fraternal country for Azerbaijan. But I should note with
regret that relations between the two counties could be better and,
in particular, in the military field,” he said.
Abiyev noted that the Iranian government has always rendered assistance
to refugees from Azerbaijan’s territories occupied by Armenia, and
expressed his gratitude to the ambassador.
Speaking about the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, he said that
Azerbaijan expects more efforts from Iran over this issue.
Safar Abiyev said: “This conflict cannot continue for a long time. If
Armenia fails to agree to resolve the conflict peacefully, Azerbaijan
will free its territory.”
The sides also discussed the fight against international
terrorism. They noted that there is no such notion as terrorism in
the Islamic culture and science.