• Mon / 16 November 2020 / 14:43
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Iran rejects any change in its geographical borders

Iran rejects any change in its geographical borders

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that geographical borders of Iran and the region have not changed and there will be no change in the future.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh referred to a peace deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia after several weeks of conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region near the Iranian borders and said, “No change has occurred at the borderlines and Iran will never accept anything other than what has been announced by the two sides”.

“The corridor that has become controversial these days is simply a transit route, the case of which is closely monitored by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Iran welcomes any peaceful settlement of the case as it did over the past three decades,” he added.

“It is a simple transit road and how to ensure security and its various issues should be discussed. Iran is following the issue with vigilance and sensitivity, and our representatives in the countries are following the issue vigilantly,” the spokesman stressed.

Khatibzadeh reiterated that no change has occurred at the Iranian borders and will never occur in the future.

Stressing that according to the Foreign Ministry knowledge the Takfiri terrorist groups must have already left the region, the spokesman said that a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia will benefit the entire region. 

Elsewhere in his remark, he answered a question about the selling of weapons to Afghanistan given the lifting of arms embargo, saying, "Iran is a responsible government and does not seek arms sales, but seeks defense cooperation. However, given the lifting of arms embargoes, Iran has the right to fulfill the legitimate needs of other countries within the framework of a responsible government."

"We do not have any restrictions within the framework of international rules and regulations to meet the defense needs of other countries, and we can use this right," Khatibzadeh added.

Referring to the presence of US forces in the region, the Iranian spokesman said that the US presence has brought about nothing for the region but war and bloodshed.

The US will have to leave Afghanistan while it has achieved nothing and has not even been able to gain some of the goals it had announced in advance, he said.

Regarding Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the possible return of the United States to the pact, Khatibzadeh said, “It is too early to comment because the new US government has not yet come to power. The elected US administration knows that the inhumane policy of maximum pressure is a policy that has completely failed and has not achieved any of its goals. The JCPOA is non-negotiable and should implement within its framework. The European side must fulfill its commitments and if the US wants to return to the deal, it should also fully implement the JCPOA and must be fully committed to its obligations”.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh responded to Saudi Arabia’s call for global action against Iran’s efforts to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, calling in turn on the kingdom to refrain from “baseless allegations and hate-mongering”.

“It is not unnatural for Saudi rulers to make such remarks. But I believe Iran’s message has been clear … the Saudi regime must know that peace cannot be achieved through killing the people of Yemen, the region cannot be ruled through propagating Wahhabism and takfiri groups, money cannot be spent to lobby, and resources of the Muslim world cannot be spent to betray Palestine,” he said.

“So long as Saudi rulers don’t turn back from this wrong path, there will be no prospect of improving the isolated Saudi situation even in the Persian Gulf region,” the spokesman noted.

He also sent a message of unity to Muslim countries in the region and said, “It is painful that the region finds itself in a situation where those that were supposed to help and advance it have betrayed it. Based on our beliefs, the hand of friendship of the Islamic Republic is still open to all Islamic countries. We are all familiar with the plans and schemes of the Saudis. We did not choose to be neighbours, but we are. They have no choice, and all of us have no choice, but to become united to advance this region”.

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