TEHRAN (RFE/RL) — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent his foreign minister to Tehran on Monday, October 4, one day after publicly ruling out Armenia’s involvement in any anti-Iranian “plots” amid stern warnings issued by Iran to Azerbaijan.
Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan met with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian for the second time in less than two weeks.
Amir-Abdollahian reportedly sounded satisfied with their latest talks, saying that the two sides agreed to boost Armenian-Iranian political, economic and cultural ties. He also said Iran will not allow “some foreign states” to damage its relations with neighbors, including Armenia.
Mirzoyan visited the Iranian capital amid mounting tensions between Tehran and Baku underscored by large-scale Iranian military exercises held along the Islamic Republic’s border with Azerbaijan.
The Iranian military reportedly began massing troops there after Baku set up on September 12 a roadblock on the main highway connecting Armenia with Iran.
The Armenian government controversially ceded a 21-kilometer section of the road to Azerbaijan following last year war in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani police and customs are now collecting a hefty “road tax” from Iranian trucks and other vehicles passing through it, causing significant disruptions in cargo traffic between Armenia and Iran.