Is Iran ready to render military assistance to Azerbaijan? – AFTERWORD TO HATAMI’S VISIT

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Read: 1333     12:59     02 March 2018    

by Seymur Mammadov

A delegation, led by the Minister of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, arrived in Azerbaijan on 21 February with an official visit. At a meeting with the Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, the Iranian Brigadier General noted that there is a great potential for cooperation in the military field, adding that his country recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and supports its just position in the resolution of the conflict.


Most interestingly, Hatami stated that Iran, as a Muslim state, is interested in boosting military capacity of Azerbaijan and is ready to render Baku any help possible in this field.

What did the Iranian general mean, when he said that Iran is ready to show any help to our country in the military field? What kind of military aid did he hint at exactly? Is Iran indeed ready to render military aid to Azerbaijan today?

Afshar Suleymani, former Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, answered these and some other questions by defence.az.

‘Of course, we cannot exactly know which kind of military aid exactly he talked about, but one thing is clear that the Iranian side is tuned to collaborate with Azerbaijan in the military field. Military cooperation may cover various spheres – supplies of weapons and ammunition, training and military counselling, building a joint production of military equipment, etc.

Iran used to hold military training exercises. Agreements, signed earlier between our two states covered several fields of military cooperation, such as supply of weapons and ammunition, etc. Naturally, there were also other procurements, which were not mentioned officially. If Azerbaijan appeals to Iran for military assistance, we will have only positive reaction to it’, says the former Iranian diplomat.

A.Suleymani is confident that both countries will benefit from continuing this military collaboration and that it will promote strengthening peace and stability in the region.

‘Our ministers exchanged views on the Karabakh conflict, the resolution of which may serve further strengthening of stability in the region. All Muslim states, including Iran – a neighbor of Azerbaijan – must make their contributions into the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, return of Azerbaijani lands and restoration of the territorial integrity of the country.

If the Karabakh problem is resolved, South Caucasus will breathe a sigh of relief – the countries of the region will only thrive; the countries will expand cooperation with one another; and realization of large-scale projects with the participation of all countries in the region will finally become possible. The success of economic growth today depends on the stability and security in the region. The potential of a country cannot be fully developed if there are territorial conflicts in the region.

I believe the resolution of the Karabakh conflict is a crucial task that the entire Muslim world faces. Solving this problem, as I already mentioned, would be beneficial for both the region, and the countries, who participate in the global projects of the region’, the former Iranian ambassador concluded.

Leyla Orujova

Sabina Hasanova



Tags: #Iran   #Azerbaijan  



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Is Iran ready to render military assistance to Azerbaijan? – AFTERWORD TO HATAMI’S VISIT

2018/03/1519981164.jpg
Read: 1334     12:59     02 March 2018    

by Seymur Mammadov

A delegation, led by the Minister of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, arrived in Azerbaijan on 21 February with an official visit. At a meeting with the Azerbaijani Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov, the Iranian Brigadier General noted that there is a great potential for cooperation in the military field, adding that his country recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and supports its just position in the resolution of the conflict.


Most interestingly, Hatami stated that Iran, as a Muslim state, is interested in boosting military capacity of Azerbaijan and is ready to render Baku any help possible in this field.

What did the Iranian general mean, when he said that Iran is ready to show any help to our country in the military field? What kind of military aid did he hint at exactly? Is Iran indeed ready to render military aid to Azerbaijan today?

Afshar Suleymani, former Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan, answered these and some other questions by defence.az.

‘Of course, we cannot exactly know which kind of military aid exactly he talked about, but one thing is clear that the Iranian side is tuned to collaborate with Azerbaijan in the military field. Military cooperation may cover various spheres – supplies of weapons and ammunition, training and military counselling, building a joint production of military equipment, etc.

Iran used to hold military training exercises. Agreements, signed earlier between our two states covered several fields of military cooperation, such as supply of weapons and ammunition, etc. Naturally, there were also other procurements, which were not mentioned officially. If Azerbaijan appeals to Iran for military assistance, we will have only positive reaction to it’, says the former Iranian diplomat.

A.Suleymani is confident that both countries will benefit from continuing this military collaboration and that it will promote strengthening peace and stability in the region.

‘Our ministers exchanged views on the Karabakh conflict, the resolution of which may serve further strengthening of stability in the region. All Muslim states, including Iran – a neighbor of Azerbaijan – must make their contributions into the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, return of Azerbaijani lands and restoration of the territorial integrity of the country.

If the Karabakh problem is resolved, South Caucasus will breathe a sigh of relief – the countries of the region will only thrive; the countries will expand cooperation with one another; and realization of large-scale projects with the participation of all countries in the region will finally become possible. The success of economic growth today depends on the stability and security in the region. The potential of a country cannot be fully developed if there are territorial conflicts in the region.

I believe the resolution of the Karabakh conflict is a crucial task that the entire Muslim world faces. Solving this problem, as I already mentioned, would be beneficial for both the region, and the countries, who participate in the global projects of the region’, the former Iranian ambassador concluded.

Leyla Orujova

Sabina Hasanova



Tags: #Iran   #Azerbaijan