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21 October 2021, 22:57

Azerbaijan hands two detained drivers over to Iran

The two drivers detained earlier for smuggling and illegal border crossing have been released and handed over to the Iranian party, Azerbaijani authorities have informed.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on September 11, an Azerbaijani police post began working on the border section of the highway connecting the Armenian cities of Goris and Kapan. Arman Tatoyan, the Armenian Ombudsperson, said that Azerbaijanis stop trucks with Iranian number plates and claim payment from them. On September 15, it became known about the arrest of two Iranian truckers who were transporting cement. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) stated that the truckers had illegally crossed the border.

In the fall of 2020, following the results of the 44-day war, Azerbaijani militaries took control over a section of the Goris-Kapan highway. Earlier, the territories bordering on Armenia in this area were controlled by the authorities of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

On October 21, the Iranian citizens, Barzegar Khagkhi Djafar Gazanfar and Noruzi Shakhrud Geidar, were returned to Iran, the has reported citing the Azerbaijani Customs Committee.

"This step was taken on the basis of the principles of humanism and as a sign of the goodwill of the Azerbaijani party," the "" has cited the message of the Azerbaijani Customs Committee.

The "Caucasian Knot" has also reported that on October 12, Iran accused Azerbaijan of the presence of military personnel of third countries, in particular Israel, on the Azerbaijani-Iranian border. Azerbaijan then refuted the Iran's accusations, claiming that it is able to independently defend its country's borders.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 21, 2021 at 09:47 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Source: CK correspondent

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