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. Tehran wants to develop military cooperation with Baku
BAKU (AFP) Dec 23, 2004
Iran wants to develop military cooperation with neighbouring Azerbaijan, Iranian Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani said after meeting his Azeri counterpart Safar Abbiyev late Wednesday.

"There are possibilities of developing our relations in the defence domaine," he said. "Azerbaijan's security is our security. Our defence potential is yours."

For his part, Abbiyev hoped that Iran, as a friend of Azerbaijan, would help in finding a solution to the problem of Nagorny-Karabakh, the disputed enclave that has pitted Baku against Armenia.

The Azeri minister was invited to visit Tehran. The defence ministry said consultations on military cooperation between the two countries' would continue.

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