Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   20 August

Iran and Turkey have different interests over Karabakh issue, expert on Iranian studies says


YEREVAN, JUNE 8, ARMENPRESS. At the moment the normalization of relations between Iran and Turkey will have no impact on the Nagorno Karabakh issue, expert on Iranian studies Gohar Iskandaryan said at a press conference in Armenpress, adding that it’s necessary to view Iran-Turkey cooperation over Qatar and the Karabakh issue at different platforms.

“In reality they are different issues and at this stage it’s not necessary to link the normalization of Iran-Turkey relations with the Karabakh issue. I can surely state that as for the Karabakh issue, Iran’s interests differ from that of Turkey. Here Iran has no plans to make concessions in order to receive dividends at other platforms. The northern part is also very important for Iran”, she said.

The expert stated that both countries at the moment cooperate over Qatar issue, but for instance, on the Syrian issue their stances are quite different.

“One should not think that if Iran and Turkey cooperate, they are brothers. Quite the contrary, it is already more than 500 years each of them tries to become leader in the region, but there are issues over which the two countries constantly cooperate. The vivid example is the Kurdish issue”, she said.

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif paid an unannounced visit to Turkey where he met with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The sides discussed regional issues, in particular, the ongoing developments over Qatar.

 



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