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The spokesman made the remarks while speaking to reporters during his weekly press conference.  

Noting that there is no military solution to this old dispute, Khatibzadeh said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his counterpart Sergei Lavrov have discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue over phone.

He said that Iran is closely monitoring the developments on its Western borders and is in close contact with all the belligerent parties.  

The spokesman reiterated the significance of respect for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and stressed the need for the withdrawal of forces from the occupied lands.

Khatibzadeh called for an immediate end to the conflicts to pave the way for political dialogue, urging both sides to refrain from endangering the lives of civilian people.

Warning that Iran will not tolerate any conflict along its borders, the spokesman said that Iran has called on both sides to take the necessary precautionary steps the hostility not to get out of control causing more deaths and the humanitarian crisis.  

The spokesman further commented on the claims made by the German foreign minister about the extension of arms sanctions against Iran and said “it is for Europe to decide about the extension of arms restrictions on Iran but the point is that Germany as well as other European countries should be aware that based on the Charter, the JCPOA and resolution 2231 they are committed to not take any moves hindering removal of arms embargo so any kind of actions they take to this effect will run against their JCPOA and Resolution 2231 commitments.

He said Iran has just made use of its legal rights and nobody could stop this.

He noted that Iran has repeatedly made it clear that Europe has already proven itself incapable of fulfilling its definite commitments since the US exit from the JCPOA.

Khatibzadeh said “this is no secret to anybody. They even could not keep the trivial minimum of their commitments which came in the form of INSTEX save a very limited amount of transactions.”

He advised the EU troika involved in the JCPOA issue to take notice of the fact that the history will judge practices of the two parties, whether or not honoring commitments.

Responding to a question about the latest remarks by the Saudi foreign minister about Iran’s alleged violation of the JCPOA commitments, Khatibzadeh said, “Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime maybe the last countries to have a right to discuss such issues as they both were vehemently against the settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue from very beginning and never even tried to conceal their negative attitudes. So the remark sounds too ridiculous to discuss.”

As for the necessity of safeguarding political stability in Iraq and full respect for status of senior Shia religious leader in Iraq, he described as “one of the basics of Iran’s policies”.

He said ties between the two countries were multi-faceted and longstanding which could not be easily tarnished.

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