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3/18/06

Iran's Ambassador rejects anti-Iran remarks voiced at Azeris confab in Baku

Baku, March 18, IRNA-Iran's Ambassador to Baku Afshar Soleimani said on Saturday that the remarks of some anti-Iran individuals at the second conference of the world Azeris is not to the interest of bilateral relations.

Speaking to reporters, he dismissed the comments voiced against Iran in an official meeting.

The Iranian diplomat said, "Such measures are not to the interest of Azerbaijan, and will be detrimental to mutual ties."

Warning against the irreparable losses which will be inflicted by such moves if they are not prevented, he noted that such conferences, during which comments against Iran are made, cannot be officially recognized by the Iranian government.

He regretted that such remarks were voiced at an official conference in Azerbaijan, despite the recent visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Nakhichevan and his meeting with President Ilham Aliyev, which resulted in signing several cooperation agreements nd the beginning of gas transfer from Iran to the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.

"This is while since Azerbaijan's independence Iran has always helped it to strengthen its sovereignty. Besides the 70-million Iranian nation and government have always supported this country," he added.

He pointed to the historical, cultural and spiritual commonalties of the two states as a good asset to be used to strengthen mutual ties.

Soleymani urged that Iran and Azerbaijan should use their spiritual and religious commonalties to bolster mutual ties in various domains without interfering in each other's internal affairs.

Turning to Iran's assistance to Azerbaijan in solving its problems such as the difficulties facing the homeless and needy Azeri people, setting up tents and refugee camps for the war victims during the Karabakh conflict, he said that such approaches are unjustified.

In response to a question whether the US and Israel's security services took part in such measures, he said that they attempt overtly to damage Iran-Azerbaijan relations in every possible way from.

Stressing that their hostile measures cannot be effective, he said that mutual relations will further broaden according to the will of the government and people of both states.

In an official meeting in Azerbaijan on Thursday, some hostile parties brought up false and baseless issues against Iran leading to objections by Iran's embassy in Baku.

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