TEHRAN (ISNA)—Iran’s Ambassador to Armenia Grigor Arakelyan said Tuesday that “Iran has proved its honesty and friendship with Armenia over the past 20 years,” ISNA agency reported.
This statement came days after one of Iran’s top clerics, Ayatollah Seyed Hassan Ameli, said that Iran supplied weapons and training to Afghan rebels who then fought on behalf of Azerbaijan during the Karabakh war.
The comment was confirmed by Armenia’s Defense Minister, Seyran Ohanian, who spoke of the presence of Afghan troops fighting alongside Azerbaijan.
Arakelyan then turned to a discussion on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, saying that Tehran’s mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict were usefull.
The ambassador stressed that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved through a referendum.
“A Referendum is the only way through which the Nagorno-Karabakh conflcit can be resolved fairly. Holding a referendum does not go against international laws,” said Arakelian.
He also called for an immediate signing of a non-use of force agreement, saying, however that Azerbaijan has categorically refused such a step.