Report: Iran asks Azerbaijan to explain Israeli arms deal

February 28, 2012 23:27


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Following news of an arms deal between Azerbaijan and Israel, Iran demanded an official explanation from Azerbaijani ambassador to Tehran Javanshi Akhundov, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported Tuesday.

Israeli officials confirmed on Sunday a deal to sell defense equipment to Azerbaijan to the tune of $1.6 billion.

According to the officials, Israeli Aerospace Industries will supply the formerly soviet country with unmanned aerial vehicles and missile defense systems.

The ambassador said that the equipment purchased from Israel was to be used only "to free occupied territory of the Azerbaijan Republic," according to IRNA. He stressed that the government would not use these arms against another country, particularly not Iran, and emphasized his country's will to develop relations between the two countries, according to the report.

Johan Backtane contributed to this report

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