In an interview with reporters on board the plane while returning from his African tour, which included Angola, Togo and Nigeria, in response to a question about the possibility of a hot crisis with Iran after Turkey turned into a power and a major actor in the Caucasus region, he said: “Personally, I do not expect that…Iran will not be in A position that enables it to target Azerbaijan because of its relationship with Israel.”
He continued, “The percentage of Azeris in Iran today is clear. This, of course, leads to thinking. It is not that easy. What happened is a mistake. I believe that the new administration in Iran will not continue this mistake.”
Relations between Tehran and Baku were strained after Iran conducted military exercises in the northwest of the country on the border with Azerbaijan, coinciding with the commemoration of the second battle of Karabakh, which President Ilham Aliyev criticized.
Tehran had reported the presence of Israeli elements in Azerbaijan near the border with Iran, which Baku denied completely and in detail, and demanded Iran to provide evidence for its allegations.
In response to a question about his scheduled visit to Azerbaijan on October 26, Erdogan said: “We will open Fuzuli International Airport in addition to land routes and take steps in the field of agriculture… We will continue our efforts to open the Zangezur Pass in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region.”