Amirabdollahian: Tehran Cannot Tolerate "Israel's" Presence Near its Borders
The Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian affirms that holding military drills is within national sovereign rights.
Iran's Foreign Minister expressed to the new Azerbaijani ambassador that Iran is disappointed with Baku's treatment of truck drivers after having arrested two.
Amirabdollahian also considered that conducting "war games" within their territories is within their national sovereignty, adding that Tehran does not tolerate the activity of the Zionist entity against its national security and will take necessary actions in this regard.
On his account, the Azerbaijani ambassador highlighted the depth of relations between the two countries, in hopes that recent events would be soon be resolved through communication.
The Iranian army announced on Thursday that it will conduct "war games" near the border with Azerbaijan on Friday.
#BREAKING: #IranianArmy just announced that it is going to hold its largest exercise in Northwest of #Iran. The exercise is a response to the provocative statements of #Aliyev, president of #Azerbaijan Republic & also arrest of #Iranian truck drivers by #Azerbaijan border guard. pic.twitter.com/bxKifjeaGw— Babak Taghvaee - Μπάπακ Τακβαίε - بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) September 30, 2021
The aim of the military exercise is to improve the combat readiness of the ground soldiers in the region, according to the Commander of the Army's Ground Forces, Brigadier General Kiomart Haidari.
Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan have been tense recently after arresting two truck drivers and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev accused Iran of illegally sending trucks to Armenia.
In response to the Azerbaijani President, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated Tuesday that while the countries maintain respectful relations, Iran will not tolerate any form of presence of the Zionist entity near its borders.