Iran, Russia Discuss Settlement of Caucasus Disputes

Iran, Russia Discuss Settlement of Caucasus Disputes

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian and Russian diplomats weighed plans for collective efforts to resolve problems in the Caucasus and ensure peace and calm in that region.

In a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Caretaker Foreign Minister of Iran Ali Baqeri and Igor Khovayev, the special representative of the Russian foreign minister for the settlement of issues between Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia, talked about the latest developments in the Caucasus region.

Highlighting the alignment of Iran and Russia’s positions on important regional and international issues, Baqeri referred to the Caucasus region as an area of national interest and security for both countries, and emphasized the necessity for bilateral cooperation in this domain.

He also reiterated Iran’s principled stance on the peaceful resolution of regional issues, noting that the importance and sensitivity of the current developments in the Caucasus region, especially the increasing foreign interventions, necessitate strategic coordination and continuous consultation between Iranian and Russian officials.

The acting foreign minister of Iran also stressed the importance of maximizing the use of regional mechanisms such as the 3+3 structure to resolve regional issues, expand regional cooperation and convergence, and ensure the security, stability, and collective interests of the countries in the Caucasus region, the ministry’s website reported.

For his part, Khovayev provided a report on his country's diplomatic efforts to establish peace and tranquility in the Caucasus region.

He emphasized Russia's view on the need for joint and strategic assessment by both countries regarding the developments in the Caucasus region, and the necessity for close and continuous interaction and coordination between officials to counter the interference of external actors in the region.

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