Tehran (IP) - Iran's Foreign Minister announced Tehran's readiness to help achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of the Iran-Turkey-Russia regional initiative as a complement to the Minsk Group mechanism.

Iran PressIran news: In a telephone conversation of the Azerbaijan Republic's Foreign Minister Jeihun Bairamov on Thursday with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the latest field developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were described by the Azeri side.

Re-explaining the fundamental positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran and emphasizing the territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Zarif informed the Azeri side of Iran's readiness to help achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of the Iran-Turkey-Russia regional initiative - as a complement to the Minsk Group mechanism. 

The Foreign Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan also stressed the importance and role of regional initiatives to resolve the decades-long crisis.

Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic agreed to halt fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh from noon on October 10, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday after marathon talks between the two countries' top diplomats, reading out from a statement.

The Nagorno-Karabakh clashes broke out on September 27, re-igniting a decades-old conflict between the ex-Soviet neighbors over Karabakh and threatening to draw in regional powers Russia and Turkey.

The conflict between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which belongs to the Republic of Azerbaijan, began in 1988. It escalated into a military war in 1992.

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