Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran has informed the Republic of Azerbaijan that it would never tolerate the presence of the "artificial" Zionist regime near its border or in neighboring countries. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Channel 1 (Iran) on October 2, 2021. The interview took place amid war games conducted by Iran near its border with Azerbaijan, launched on October 1. Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran has supported Azerbaijan’s "liberation" of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, but that terrorist organizations have exploited this crisis in the region and moved to the area, and Israel has been attempting to operate in the area as well. He further said that Bahrain would do better to seek ties with its "own people" than with the "artificial Zionist regime," which he said will have no place in the region or even among its "original Jews." For more about recent tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan, see MEMRITV clip no 9104.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: "There have been several incidents in the past few months, and especially after the liberation of the occupied territories of Karabakh. The Islamic Republic of Iran – through the highest levels – supported the liberation of these territories.
"However, during the liberation of Karabakh, several regretful things took place. For example, some of the terror movements in the region moved to this crisis area, trying to exploit the situation to their advantage. The Zionist regime also tried to exploit to the maximum the opportunity that arose. As part of their unsuccessful effort to get closer to the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they became present in parts of Azerbaijan... In parts of the Republic of Azerbaijan...
"At that time, we expressed our concern, on the political level, as well as on the military-security level. We did this through diplomatic channels. In the most serious manner, we informed the senior officials of the Republic of Azerbaijan that our support for the liberation of the occupied areas is one thing, and that we keep in mind the good and growing relations between the two countries, but we would never tolerate the presence of elements of the artificial Zionist regime near our borders or in neighboring [countries], nor would we tolerate their provocative measures. We said that we would not come to terms with any geo-political shift in the region, or with any change to the borders. We said that we had serious reservations about this.
"We advise the Khalifa clan that rules Bahrain... Instead of establishing good relations with their own people, they seek to establish relations with an artificial regime that has no people, no legitimacy, no legitimate rule.
"This does not help the situation of the Khalifa rule, nor does it help the artificial regime of Israel. This artificial Zionist regime will definitely have no place in the future of the region, or even among the original Jews."