The Minister of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Amir Hatami, currently visiting Azerbaijan, met in Baku on Wednesday with President Ilham Aliyev and conveyed to him the greetings of the Iranian leadership.
President Ilham Aliyev "hailed the successful development of friendly and brotherly relations between Azerbaijan and Iran in different areas, including military and military-technical fields". President Ilham Aliyev recalled that there had been ten Azerbaijani-Iranian presidential summits in the last few years and that this was a sign of the high-level relations between the two countries.
photo: The Minister of Defence of Iran and his delegation met President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on 21 February 2018 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Azerbaijan)
Ahead of the expected Armenia-Azerbaijan summit, Benyamin Poghosyan argues in this op-ed for commonspace.eu, that the negotiating paradigm based on the Madrid principles is doomed.
"In essence this is an olive branch to the government's critics", commonspace.eu political editor said in a comment. "Its significance should not be understated. President Aliyev has in the last weeks been preparing the country for major changes. This presidential pardon may well be the opening shot of more to come".