Iran, Azerbaijan turning into strategic partners – former envoy
Ben Cardin speaking at a news conference at the US Capitol,. March 30, , 9: 24 , pm. Leaders of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan discuss closer ties. Iran and Azerbaijan enjoy cordial relations, Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Jan But at the same time, under the radar, a new milestone was reached in Israel's relations with a Muslim friend of Turkey and neighbor of Iran: the.
Many secular Azerbaijanis have been alarmed by the increasing visibility of Shia practices in the country. During the Ashura celebrations in September in Baku, some children participated in the ritual, which involves self-flagellation. In response, in early October, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan proposed legislation that would prohibit children from taking part in Ashura commemorations and similar religious rituals.
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The legislation has not yet been voted on. Azerbaijan, however, has been wary of publicly calling out Tehran. Azerbaijan with Israel, and Iran with Armenia.
Official bilateral contact has increased dramatically since then, with the two sides signing more than 20 cooperation agreements in the economic sphere. In one project that would have been unimaginable beforeAzerbaijan has provided a loan to build a mile stretch of a railroad in Iran, from the Azerbaijani border to the city of Rasht, part of the North-South Transport Corridor.
Baku hopes that the initiative can derail plans to develop rail links between Iran and Armenia. The article claimed that 30, Azerbaijanis visited Karbala for Ashura this year, an increase of 33 percent over the previous year.
Consequently, to allay Iranian fears, the Azerbaijani government would accommodatingly use the term Caucasian Azerbaijan in its documents for circulation abroad. Speeches were made in which the common bonds between Caucasian Azerbaijan and Iran were stressed. InAzerbaijan SSR was incorporated into the Soviet Unionand from that point tillthe relations between Iran and Azerbaijan continued in the context of the Soviet-Iranian relations.
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Following the declaration of the Parliament of Azerbaijan to restore independence of Azerbaijan Republic on October 18, and in early DecemberIranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati visited Bakuwhere he signed a number of agreements on political, economic, and cultural cooperation and pledged to support Azerbaijan's membership in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Within the few days after the visit, Iran recognized Azerbaijan on January 4,upgraded its consulate in Baku to establish full diplomatic relations.
Iran saw Azerbaijan as fertile ground for spreading its Islamic Revolution further. Fearing Baku's intentions to fuel secessionism inside its borders, Iran provided vital backing to Armenia in its war against Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakhwhich dragged on from to and ended in an inconclusive cease-fire. Recognizing this, Iran has sought to reengage its northern neighbor and nudge Baku to reconsider its foreign relations—principally its close ties with Israel—because nowhere in the region does Iran see a more unambiguous Israeli footprint than it does in Azerbaijan.
In this joint front, Azerbaijan provides proximity to Iran—with much ion about Azerbaijani soil being used as a staging ground for Israeli military operations—while Israel possesses superior weapons technologies and other resources.
Indeed, Elchibey was decidedly Pro-Turkish, secularly oriented, pan-Azeri and vehemently anti-Iranian. This meant that Tehran had exactly the kind of government in Baku that it did not wish to have.
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President Elchibey did not show any diplomatic tact either. On several occasions, he blasted Iran as a doomed state and predicted that within five years, Azerbaijan would be reunited. It remains clear that during the Elchibey's rule, Iran drifted towards close contacts with Armenia. Azeri conspiracy theorists even see a joint Russo-Iranian action behind that coup.
Although no credible evidence has been presented to prove such allegations, it remains clear that during Elchibey's rule, Iran drifted towards close contacts with Armenia.
Also, it must be noted that whereas Iran sought closer relations with all newly independent states, Armenia was one of the few to welcome such relations, whereas Central Asian republics showed little interest. However, Iran's support for Armenia fell short of any military involvement of the Russian type.
Rather, Iran supplied Armenia with necessary goods and energy, hence counteracting the Turco-Azeri embargo on the country which actually considerably weakened Azerbaijan 's main bargaining chip against Armenia. Iran is today Armenia's largest trading partner. The Azeris also suspect Iran of involvement in support of radical Islamic political movements in Azerbaijan, as well as of encouraging ethnic unrest among Azerbaijan's Talysh minority; which lives near the Iranian border.
Thus the curious legacy of the Elchibey era: Meanwhile, the foreign policy establishment saw the weakening of the republic of Azerbaijan as concomitant to Iranian national interest, and therefore pursued a policy of tacit support for Armenia in the conflict. With the exception of instances where it became necessary to restore a balance by preventing Armenia from turning the region into chaos since too much suffering and chaos in Azerbaijan would risk arousing Iranian public opinion Tehran used the conflict to pressure Baku.
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The decisive factor tilting Tehran towards Yerevan was nevertheless the policies of the Popular Front government in Baku Veiled threats first appeared in the English-language Kayhan International: However, some tensions include the growing relationship between the United StatesIsraeland Azerbaijan, Caspian Sea territorial issues, and Iran's support for Armenia.
Reportedly, the flight took place right over the city administration building and caused considerable panic among the local residents. In May Baku and Tehran signed a non-aggression pact barring third countries from using their territories for offensive operations against each other.
In Marchduring the World Congress of Azerbaijanis convention in Bakua number of participants addressed both the concept of a "unified Azerbaijan" and "human rights abuses" against Azeris in Iran. A diplomatic controversy occurred when Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan, Afshar Suleymanian Azeri himself, expressed indignation concerning the views of some speakers who advocated the union of "southern" and "northern" Azerbaijan.Azerbaijani-Israeli Relations and the Iranian Threat (Dispatch)
Certain anti-Iran claims during an official seminar in Baku were harmful to relations between the two countries and were especially against the interests of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The last time that a minister of the Azerbaijan republic referred to Iranian Azeri's in that manner, the representative of Ardabil province in the Iranian parliament protested.
On December 20, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the opening ceremony of a new gas pipeline from Iran to Azerbaijan's landlocked Nakhchivan Autonomous Region, which is separated from the mainland of Azerbaijan by a strip of Armenian territory.
Iran, Azerbaijan enjoy cordial relations – Jahangiri
Nakhchivan has been cut off from gas supplies as a result of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Under a year swap contract signed between the two countries in Augustthe new pipeline will supply the region with Iranian natural gas. Azerbaijan will also deliver its gas to Iran's northeastern provinces.