Iranian military minister: no conflict will arise in region

Iran's Defense Minister, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, has dismissed the possibility of a new conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Ashtiani assured that there would be no war in the Caucasus region.

Iran (IMNA) - He emphasized Iran's firm stance on the geopolitical situation in the area, stating that they would not support any alterations to the regional geopolitics. Ashtiani also mentioned that while closely monitoring the developments, there were no indications of an imminent significant incident.

The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Tehran is closely observing the situation in the Caucasus region and maintaining communication with Yerevan and Baku to ensure peace and security.

Nasser Kan’ani emphasized that while Armenian officials have expressed concerns about potential military clashes, Azerbaijani authorities have conveyed their intention not to engage in a confrontation with Armenia. He described Azerbaijan's recent deployment of troops as a conventional military action in preparation for winter.

Kan’ani reiterated that Iran is closely monitoring the developments and assured that Iran's borders are secure. Iran also supports the security of boundaries in the region. He further stated that Iran maintains consistent and transparent positions regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh situation.

For thirty years, the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh has been a source of contention between Azerbaijan and Armenia. This landlocked area has been the focal point of two wars since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 - one in 1994 and another in 2020.

Karabakh, although internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, has a primarily Armenian population that has consistently resisted Azerbaijani rule since the separatist conflict in 1994.

Despite attempts by the European Union, the United States, and Russia to mediate, tensions remain high and there are frequent clashes along the shared border.

In November 2020, Russia facilitated a peace agreement between the two parties, ending a 44-day war in the area. As part of this agreement, Russia deployed approximately 2,000 troops to the region to act as peacekeepers.

Iranian military minister: no conflict will arise in region

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