ALI HASANOV: "IRAN'S "SAHAR" TV CHANNEL SERVES TO TENSE THE SOCIO-POLITICAL SITUATION IN AZERBAIJAN"

APA
March 1 2010
Azerbaijan

Baku. Elnur Mammadli-APA. "Azerbaijan and Iran are neighbouring
countries with close culture, language, religion, lifestyle. Once we
had a common state.

Establishment of normal relations with Iran is one of the priorities
of the foreign policy of the Azerbaijani state", head of the
Socio-Political Department of the President's Administration Ali
Hasanov said while replying to journalists' questions about the
burning of the Azerbaijani flag in front of the Azerbaijani consulate
in Tabriz, APA reports.

Hasanov also said that both in Iranian side and among the forces around
Azerbaijan, there are persons who don't want normal relations between
the two countries: "They are trying to damage that relationship. Being
the Azerbaijani state we are against such attempts, and try to
prevent them".

Head of the Department emphasized that it is wrong to link all this
with the state: "However, unfortunately, Iran has not taken sufficient
measures against these attempts. In particular, it is worth noting that
the Iranian TV channel "Sahar" serves to tense the socio-political
situation in Azerbaijan, to deny the processes occurring in the life
of the neighboring country, to change and falsify their essence. We,
as a nation, express our protest against such attempts and have
already expressed dissatisfaction with the relevant bodies of Iran. "