Azerbaijani FM: Iran interested in co-op to rebuild Karabakh

Azerbaijani FM: Iran interested in co-op to rebuild Karabakh

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov said that Iran intends to develop cooperation with Azerbaijan to rehabilitate territories liberated from Armenia's occupation in the 44-day war late last year.

Bayramov made the remarks at a joint news conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir Abdollahian on December 23. 

Bayramov said that Azerbaijan had received numerous offers from Iranian companies regarding participation in the restoration of the liberated territories.

"Today, one of the most important priorities of Azerbaijan is the restoration of the liberated territories and the return of former internally displaced persons to their native lands. Large-scale projects are being implemented on the liberated territories and new ones are planned. Iran also expressed interest in participating in these works. We have received applications from many Iranian companies. The relevant government agencies are considering these projects, and, according to my information, one of the projects will be launched in the coming weeks. I hope that positive results will be achieved on other projects in the near future," he said.

Bayramov added said that Tehran and Baku are negotiating on demining the liberated territories of Azerbaijan. 

He stressed that the issue was also discussed at the meeting with his Iranian counterpart. "The Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action will exchange views with the relevant Iranian agencies on mine clearance," he said.