Monday, August 02, 2004

Azerbaijan calls for expansion of relations with Iran

Azerbaijancalls for expansion of relations with Iran: "Azerbaijancalls for expansion of relations with Iran

Baku, Aug 3, IRNA -- Azerbaijan`s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said on Monday his country wants to expand all kinds of relations with Iran.

He said expansion of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran is a priority in Azerbaijan Republic foreign policy and Baku regards this issue as a very important and valuable matter. Khalafov described upcoming visit of Iran`s president to Baku 'very important' and evaluated the trip as an important step towards expanding bilateral relations.

In response to a question concerning Azeri foreign minister`s comments in a joint press conference in Tehran about Iranian Azeris, Khalafov said,' Iran is the historical motherland of the Azeris, therefore, all issues concerning to them is just an internal affair'. Concerning the opening of the Azerbaijan Republic Consulate in Tabriz, he expressed hope that the negotiations about this concludes soon. "

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