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Iran, Turkey have “undeniable role” in regional peace: Deputy FM

Tehran Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi described Iran and Turkey as two important regional players that have undeniable roles in peace and stability of the region. In a twitter message on Saturday, Araghchi wrote that he had had “frank and productive discussion with Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal in Ankara.” He added, “Iran and Turkey are two major players with undeniable role in peace and stability of the region.” Araghchi, Iran's special envoy for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, traveled to the regional states to present Iran's initiative to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He arrived in Ankara late on Friday on a regional tour that had already taken him to Azerbaijan Republic, Russia and Armenia. Iran has put forward an initiative for settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is based on humanitarian principles and attention to the demands of the warring parties, Araghchi noted while leaving Russia. The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh started in 1988 and led to military conflict in 1992. Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed clashes on the border in early October, blaming one another for the violence. Nagorno-Karabakh has been a centerpiece of dispute between the two countries over the past decades. In 1994, following four years of military conflict between the two countries, some European and regional governments stepped in to end the territorial dispute between Baku and Yerevan, and a ceasefire was finally established through the mediation of the Minsk Group, consisting of the US, Russia, and France. But international efforts for settlement of the conflict peacefully have failed so far. Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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