Iran Insists on Resolving Arguments Without 'Foreign Influence' Amid Row With Baku Over War Games

© REUTERS / OFFICIAL KHAMENEI WEBSITEIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, Iran June 4, 2021.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech in Tehran, Iran June 4, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.10.2021
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Tehran has repeatedly rejected the notion that mediation or involvement of foreign countries in the region's affairs can be positive or constructive. Iran insists that local powers should resolve issues themselves in order for the region to stay peaceful.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has called for resolving growing tensions between Tehran and Azerbaijan without drawing in foreign powers.

"The recent situation in the north-west of the country must be resolved without the intervention and military presence of foreign forces in the region […] The armies of the region can govern [their countries] themselves, and we will not allow other forces to intervene".

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 5, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Iran's Supreme Leader
His statement comes as Iran and Azerbaijan exchanged criticism recently over several issues. Baku expressed its discontent with increased truck traffic going from Iran to Karabakh – a disputed region partially controlled by Armenia – despite earlier promising to allow a free flow of goods. Azerbaijan also condemned Tehran for holding military drills near the Iranian-Azerbaijani border.
The Islamic Republic has insisted that the military exercise was planned in advance and posed no threat to Baku and its territory. At the same time, Tehran claimed to have detected an increased presence of Israelis on Azerbaijan's territory near the border, and warned Baku that it wouldn't tolerate it.
Members of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard march during an annual military parade marking the 34th anniversary of outset of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini just outside Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.09.2021
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Iran has repeatedly urged local powers to resolve mutual disagreements without involvement of external forces, arguing that their presence is destabilising the region instead of bringing it peace. Tehran routinely brings up the actions of the US in the Middle East as a vivid example of such disturbances.
Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani tweeted on 2 October echoing Khamenei's statements and calling on Iran's neighbours to "be vigilant" and "stay away from foreign influence". Shamkhani further assured the peaceful nature of Iran's regional policies and expressed confidence that local powers are able to resolve any issues via cooperation.
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