On Monday, October 4, 2021, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry denied any Israeli presence near its border with Iran, amid Iranian accusations, and tension on its border with Tehran.
“We do not accept allegations about the presence of any third forces near the Azerbaijani-Iranian border,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said, in a statement posted on its website, referring to Israel, according to what the Anadolu Agency said.
The statement further emphasized that the Iranian accusations were “unfounded,” and added: “In general, it is not even possible to discuss the presence of any forces on the territory of Azerbaijan, including (terrorist elements), which can pose a threat to our state or neighboring countries.”
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced that his country “will not accept any presence of the Zionist entity near our borders and has informed Azerbaijan of this matter,” according to what was published by the Iranian Al-Alam channel.
Media close to Iran had quoted Amir Mousavi, a former Iranian diplomat, as saying that information had reached Iran that there were 1,000 Israeli elements inside Azerbaijan.
In this context, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed, in a press conference, that Baku should not allow its borders and country to be used by (unspecified) third parties against Iran, adding that Iran knows how to maintain its security, and it is right for Baku to fulfill its duties. Sovereign.
And on Friday, Iran announced the launch of military exercises under the name “Fatih Khyber” on its borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia, in the northwest of the country.