At a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Oktay Asadov in Moscow, Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has urged for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Speaking about the ties between Iran and Azerbaijan, Larijani described Azerbaijan as a friendly and brotherly country, IRNA news agency reported.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.
The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
During the meeting in Moscow, Larijani ?alled for the expansion of bilateral ties with Azerbaijan and termed a project for connecting the railways of Iran and Azerbaijan as a significant project.
A ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Astara-Rast railroad will take place on April 20 in the border of Iran Azerbaijan.
Iranian ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi and the Economy Minister of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev will attend the ceremony.
Saying that the international sanctions against the Islamic Republic have been removed, the Iranian Speaker called for facilitating banking ties between the two neighboring countries.