By Yusif Abbaszada
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev commented about Iran's
anti-Azerbaijani policies and openly spoke about attacks of the
Tehran regime against Baku, calling a spade a spade, Azernews
First, he declared that our compatriots on the other bank of the
Araz River are an integral part of the Azerbaijani nation. In his
previous speeches, he called them our“40m-strong compatriots”, and
now by calling them“Azerbaijanis living in Iran,” he further
specified his point.
Second, by saying“we will do our best to protect Azerbaijanis
in Iran,” he announced the Southern Azerbaijani direction in
Azerbaijan's foreign policy, that is, Baku is undertaking the
protection of Azerbaijanis in the south.
Third, he also commented on steps to be taken to protect our
compatriots. Baku will support the struggle of our compatriots in
the south for securing the right to study in their mother
The overall conclusion of what the president said in his speech
boils down to the following. The issue is not episodial, and the
possible normalization of the relations with Tehran will not put
the protection of the rights of our compatriots in the south on the
back burner, on the contrary, official Baku may include the rights
of our compatriots to study in their mother tongue as one of the
main points in the relations with Iran from now on.
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