(MENAFN- AzerNews) By Elvin Sakhavatoglu
Iran has started the next stage of its hostile campaign against
Azerbaijan. The detention of Azerbaijani student Farid Safarli on
charges of "espionage" is a vivid example of this.
What is happening around Farid Safarli?
Azerbaijani student studying in Germany. Farid Safarli, 27, a
student at the University of Jena, traveled to Tehran on February
20, 2023 to meet his girlfriend. Although he was due to return to
Germany on 5 March, he did not return. Although Farid's family
began searching, they could not find any results. Dilara Askerova,
his mother, was told at the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan that
information about your son would be provided by April 2. But no
information was given.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan also sent a note
to Iran regarding Farid Safarli.
Recently it became known that Farid, who allegedly went missing,
was arrested in Iran on charges of "espionage".
The unchanging Azerbaijani policy of the mullah
After Iran's relations with Azerbaijan deteriorated, Tehran
began to make various baseless accusations against our country and
make radical decisions. Sometimes Tehran conducts exercises on our
borders, sometimes spreads a video of how they are going to occupy
Baku, sometimes organizes an attack on our embassy, sometimes
opens a consulate in Gafan, and sometimes calls the Armenian border
a "red line". The goal is to distract Azerbaijan from its goals and
form influence in the region.
But the course of events shows that Iran's aggressive steps
against Azerbaijan have no effect on official Baku's policy.
Therefore, the Iranian authorities began to use new methods.
One gets the impression that official Tehran is trying to put
pressure on Baku by arresting Farid Safarli on charges of
If we look at recent history, we will see that this is not
Iran's first aggressive behavior towards Azerbaijani citizens. In
October 2008, official Tehran arrested Rashad Aliyev, an
Azerbaijani, on false charges.
Apparently, the Iranian regime has not changed its character and
political goals even after years. Iranian authorities spew hatred
and threats against both southern and northern Azerbaijanis.
For example, Iran's position on Karabakh and its all-round
support for Armenia stem from its historical enmity against the
Azerbaijani people and state.
Official Tehran is also jealous of the peace process between
Azerbaijan and Armenia and does not hesitate to provoke Yerevan
into provocations in order to hinder this process.
All this shows that Iran poses a threat to both the Azerbaijani
state and the Azerbaijani people.
To the attention of our compatriots wishing to visit Iran!
The provocative steps of official Tehran towards Azerbaijan show
that the Iranian regime is planning all this in advance.
Then who can guarantee that an Azerbaijani citizen who went to
Iran for trade, medicine or any other business will not be
recognized as a "spy" and arrested?
The facts about Farid Safarli and Rashid Aliyev prove that the
Iranian special services did this job "professionally".
It is true that the land border with Iran is currently closed.
However, Azerbaijani citizens travel to Iran using a third
They put their lives in danger. Because as the network of the
Iranian regime in Azerbaijan is exposed, it becomes more and more
aggressive and does not stop at false accusations and slander
against our citizens.
For this reason, Azerbaijani citizens should avoid visiting
Of course, official Baku can ban Azerbaijani citizens from
visiting Iran. This practice exists in world experience. For
example, the US and Japan have banned their citizens from visiting
North Korea. Violators of the ban are severely punished.
If the Iranian regime intensifies its aggression against the
citizens of Azerbaijan, it will be discussed that official Baku
will impose such a ban.