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Azerbaijan assures Iran it does not seek military conflict with Armenia: spokesman

TEHRAN, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday that Azerbaijan’s officials have sent a message to Tehran stressing that they do not seek to take any military action against Armenia.

Kanaani made the remarks at a weekly press conference in Iran’s capital Tehran, responding to a question about the recent rise in tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Iran is in constant contact with both sides and is concerned about the possibility of a conflict, Kanaani said.

Kanaani emphasized that Iran is committed to the security of its borders and against any change in the region’s geopolitical conditions and internationally recognized borders, calling for both Azerbaijan and Armenia to respect each other’s territorial integrity and refrain from moves to escalate tensions.

Kanaani’s comments come amid rising tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh last week.

Azerbaijan said on Saturday that Armenian forces had fired on its soldiers overnight and that Azerbaijan army units had responded by taking “retaliatory measures.” Armenia denied the incident.

The two countries have been at loggerheads over Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988. They fought a war over the region in the early 1990s, which ended with a ceasefire in 1994.

A new round of armed conflict broke out along the contact line on Sept. 27, 2020, before Russia brokered a ceasefire on Nov. 9, 2020. Enditem

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