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Preliminary evidence suggests Iranian involvement in attack on Azerbaijani embassy

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Preliminary results of the investigation into the recent armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran indicate possible Iranian involvement, according to a statement issued by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

In response to Iranian allegations regarding Azerbaijan’s cooperation with Israel against Tehran, the ministry’s spokesman Aikhan Hajizad said that it is Iran that cooperates with other countries to threaten and provoke Baku through its southern borders.

Hajizadeh referred to the military exercises and trips that Iran conducted near the borders between the two countries, as well as anti-Azerbaijani statements by Iranian officials and video clips threatening the country near the Khodavarin Bridge on the border.

He also referred to “the recent terrorist attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Iran, and the initial implications of the investigation into the terrorist act against Fadel Mustafa, a member of the Millatia Council.”

According to Hajizad, the current “brotherhood” between Iran and Armenia is also a “threat to the region as a whole,” adding that over the past 30 years, Tehran has practically turned a blind eye to Armenia’s occupation of Azerbaijani lands. “

“It is known that Iran does not care about occupying Karabakh and eastern Zangizur, plundering these areas, selling stones removed from houses in these areas in Iranian markets, and destroying and insulting 65 out of 67 existing mosques.”

Ha also condemned Iranian statements about Azerbaijani-Israeli relations, saying that it is “the next step in the crisis of Azerbaijani-Iranian relations.”

“These threats from the Iranian side can never scare Azerbaijan. Despite the military support sent by Iran to Armenia, the Azerbaijani army defeated the invading Armenian army in 2020. Then any aggression and provocation against Azerbaijan will be resolutely prevented,” he added.

Relations between the two former Soviet republics, Armenia and Azerbaijan, have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian army occupied Karabakh, a region internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven neighboring regions.

In the fall of 2020, in 44 days of clashes, Azerbaijan liberated many cities, villages and settlements from illegal Armenian occupation. The Russian-brokered peace agreement is celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan.

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