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14 September 2023 - 02:20
Iran refutes claims on amassing troops on Azeri border

Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces refuted claims on amassing troops on shared borders with Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks during a phone call with the Defense Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov on Wednesday, local Azeri media "APA" reported. 

Bagheri stressed that information regarding the amassing of troops on the border with Azerbaijan is baseless.

Major General Bagheri reiterated the Islamic Republic of Iran's policy, affirming the region of Karabakh belonging to the land of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

He also declared the readiness of the Islamic Republic to assist in resolving any disputes related to that region.

Both sides also expressed their opposition to the presence and interference of foreign countries in regional affairs.

At the end of the telephone conversation, Hasanov extended an invitation to Major General Bagheri for a visit to Azerbaijan.

Earlier in September, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for International Cooperation Brigadier General Mohammad Ahadi dismissed as “baseless” reports about the deployment of its troops on the northern border with Azerbaijan under the current tense circumstances in the South Caucasus.

Earlier in August, Major General Bagheri discussed the development of Tehran-Baku defense and security cooperation with the Azeri minister of defense over the phone during which the two sides emphasized the development of bilateral defense and military relations and cooperation between the two sides.

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