Payvand: "Iran prefers Azerbaijan"

Payvand: "Iran prefers Azerbaijan"

The independent US-Iranian news portal Payvand wrote today about rapprochement between Iran and Azerbaijan. After six years of tense relations between Iran and Azerbaijan, the last several visits of high-ranking Iranian officials to Baku and Azerbaijani ministers to Tehran is a signal that both countries want to cooperate on a new level. This convergence occurs in part because the two countries have a threat to their own safety in the face of the same enemies.

After signing the agreement on the nuclear program of Iran, many countries are seeking cooperation with Iran, but the Iranian President stressed that Azerbaijan is preferred in this case. Despite the fact that Iran has expressed dissatisfaction with the diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Israel, the Republic is ready to establish both economic and strategic ties with the neighboring country. Baku, in turn, has every reason to improve relations with Tehran. First, the connection with the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic is  possible only through Iran, largely due to which the area exists. Secondly, Azerbaijan needs allies in the region in a state of territorial conflict with Armenia. And thirdly, a large number of Azerbaijanis will be able to travel to Iran for medical and commercial reasons.

In addition, the common struggle against terrorism and extremism unites both countries. Iran is in a rather serious situation, where its southern neighbors in the Persian Gulf are not really interested in rapprochement with the Republic. And Iran has the ability to ensure the security of the borders of the state and to strengthen its position in the region with the help of Azerbaijan. The frequent meetings of the representatives of both countries once again highlight the benefits of diplomatic relations over military conflict in the Middle East in particular.

The British Open Democracy independent publication wrote what about Turkey what expects in the near future. The Turkish Republic after the parliamentary elections in June turned out to be in a rather difficult economic and political situation. A parliamentary coalition has not been created on the background of the internal contradictions in the state, and the president's party (AKP, Justice and Development Party) lost its influence in the country. The new elections, which are to be held on November 1 this year, are unlikely to lead to positive changes in the country.

However, the parliamentary deadlock is not the only cause of concern for the future of Turkey. The war in Syria has  been one of the major problems of the state for a long time. Until recently, the situation on the borders of Turkey itself remained relatively calm, but after the events in Suruc and a counter-terrorist operation declared against Islamic State, dozens of soldiers and civilians die in Turkey every day.

The Turkish economy is also going through a difficult period. Since the beginning of this year the Turkish lira lost 26% of its value against the US dollar. Ministers try to calm the population, saying that such a devaluation of the lira is a natural process, since its value against the dollar has been overvalued for a long time.

Against the backdrop of these difficulties, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan encourages the Turkish population to participate actively in the new parliamentary elections, hoping that this time his party will be able to get most of the votes and thus the majority of seats in Parliament, which will give the president unlimited powers in government. However, the probability of such an outcome is minimal. In this case, Erdogan has the option to declare a state of emergency and postpone the elections indefinitely until the circumstances change in a more advantageous way for the AKP party.

However, time passes and more and more people doubt that Turkey expects a bright future.The armed conflict with Syria, the unstable economic situation and the policy of rapprochement with the US taken by the Turkish leadership, has led to the fact that the Republic is in a quandary, losing its position in the region.