Iran ready to mediate on Karabakh

Mon 30 Apr 2012 00:25 GMT | 04:25 Local Time

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Iran is ready to act as a broker between Armenia and Azerbaijan in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the country’s foreign minister has said.

Ali Akbar Salehi made the statement at a news conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian in Tehran.

“We pursue our interests in the region; therefore, we seek peace in the South Caucasus,” he was quoted as saying.

Edward Nalbandian met the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on Saturday, during his visit to Iran..

According to Mehr news agency, Ahmadinejad spoke of the historical ties between the two countries, highlighting the importance of trade and economic relations.

“In the past 20 years since Armenia’s independence, our countries have maintained friendly ties, and it is now time to expand the relationship in trade, economic and other sectors,” he said.

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