Iran Warns About Israel’s Efforts to Destabilize the Caucasus Region

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian declared on March 8. 2023 that Israel’s presence in the Caucasus region is a destabilizing force. 

“Iran warns all parties to be vigilant about Israel and not let Israel’s presence in the Caucasus,” Amir-Abdollahian stated during a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara on March 8.

In addition, Amir-Abdollahian proclaimed that terrorism coming from Iraq’s northern region — largely perpetrated by Kurdish separatists — constitutes a common threat to Iran and Turkey. 

Amir-Abdollahian highlighted how Iran and Turkey have a strong degree of security cooperation on counter-terrorism matters.  

“Terrorism originating from Iraq’s Kurdistan region as well as the Daesh terrorism emanating from Afghanistan are among our common concerns,” he stated. “We believe that terrorism is not good or bad, but an ominous phenomenon in any guise and form.”

He then appealed to the framework of international law to justify Iran and Turkey’s right for a “legitimate defense against any terrorist act” from any organization. 

According to a report by Press TV, Israel is exporting billions of dollars of weapons to Azerbaijan in exchange for oil and using the country as a launchpad to subvert or attack Iran. 

Furthermore, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran is in favor of Turkey and Syria restoring diplomatic relations which have frayed since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

“We welcome the return of Turkey-Syria relations. We were interested in working to resolve misunderstandings between Syria and Turkey. We welcome participation in any quadripartite format.”

As the multipolar world starts to crystallize, countries like Israel will have to re-assess their foreign policies. With countries like China, Iran, Russia, and Turkey coming into prominence, Israel can no longer throw its weight around the Middle East. That’s just one of the many developments of the new multipolar order.

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