The Iranian ambassador protested Sunday against maps published by Azerbaijani President Geidar Aliev’s political party that include parts of northern Iran in Azerbaijani territory.
Iranian Ambassador Ahad Gazzai warned Aliev that the maps could cause “cold relations” between the neighboring countries.
Aliev urged Iran not to pay attention to the published maps, saying that Azerbaijan fully respects Iran’s territorial integrity.
“Iran always recognized and recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and we also recognize the territorial integrity of Iran,” Aliev said, adding that he was not pleased with the maps which “cause damage to Iranian-Azerbaijani relations.”
Aliev’s Eni Azerbaijan party published maps and articles on Saturday that included northern provinces of Iran in Azerbaijan. A similar map was also included in Azerbaijani textbook, called “Native Speech,” for middle school students.
Iran and Azerbaijan, which both border the Caspian Sea, exchanged angry words last summer after Iran accused Azerbaijan of exploring for oil in its territorial waters. Azerbaijan, in turn, claimed Iran had violated its territorial waters and air space.