Thursday, June 17, 2004

AzerTAj | STATE INFORMATION AGENCY OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

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IRAN SUPPORTS TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF AZERBAIJAN AND THIS POLICY IS UNCHANGEABLE
[June 17, 2004, 19:08:59]

Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament Murtuz Alaskarov received the delegation led by justice minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Muhammadismail Shushteri, 17 June, AzerTAj correspondent reported. Touching upon the existing friendly relations between the two countries Mr. Alaskarov expressed satisfaction with the current level. A number of documents signed during the reciprocals visits of the by heads of state set reliable ground for these links.

Azerbaijan has always been keen in expansion of ties with Iran and this policy successfully continues today, he underlined. Highly appraising the inter-parliamentary links, Murtuz Alaskarov emphasized that there is a working group on cooperation between the legislative bodies of the two countries. According to the agreement reached by this Group and Parliaments of the two countries, members of parliament of both countries have the same position in the international organizations.

Updating on the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament said that Azerbaijan adheres peaceful settlement of the problem in the frame of territorial integrity of states and international law. “We also highly appreciate Iran’s support in this problem and hope that this policy will be further continued”, Mr. Alaskarov stated.

Expressing gratitude for warm reception, Mr. Shushteri said that his country is also interested in development of relations with Azerbaijan. Approval of the agreements on cooperation in the field of law-enforcement by the Parliaments eases our mutual activity. Security of our citizens, legal environment for investment and other actions have especially promoted our cooperation, he stressed. “We are convinced that and the parliaments will benefit our common cause”. Touching upon the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, the Minister said that Iran has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, condemns the Armenian aggression and adheres peaceful resolution to the problem. “This policy is unchangeable”, the Iranian Minister underlined.

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