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Iran, Azerbaijan should not allow certain issues to damage ties
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TEHRAN – Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev has said that security and stability in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan is interlinked and the two countries should not allow some issues to damage their friendly ties.
Abiyev made the remarks during a meeting with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Azerbaijani defense minister also said that Azerbaijan will not allow any country to use its soil against Iran.
Appreciating Iran’s efforts to promote ties, Abiyev stated that the Islamic beliefs of the two countries can help promote unity between them and bring them closer to each other. 
Jalili said that Iran and Azerbaijan have many cultural and historical affinities and have great potential which should be used to increase cooperation in all spheres. 
He added that Tehran attaches high significance to its relations with Baku.  
Iran determined to cement ties with Azerbaijan 
In a separate meeting with Abiyev on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that Tehran is determined to consolidate ties with Baku.
He also emphasized the need to avoid making controversial remarks and to clear up misunderstandings and said that the two countries should make every effort to deepen relations because close ties would be in favor of both countries.
Commenting on sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the Western countries, especially by the United States, Salehi said that the sanctions, threats, and plots against Iran have their roots in the country’s support for the oppressed people of Palestine. 

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