TEHRAN, BAKU (Combined Sources)—Iran on Sunday called on Azerbaijan to halt anti-Iran espionage operations by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, on Azeri soil.
Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Iran, Javanshir Akhundov and demanded that Baku end facilitating Mossad’s alleged spy activities in Azerbaijan.
“Some of the terrorists linked to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists have travelled to Azerbaijan… [where they are] facilitated to travel to Tel Aviv,” the Iran’s foreign ministry said to explain its complaint against Baku.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry also protested what it called “inappropriate behavior” by Azeri officials toward representatives of Iranian institutions working in Azerbaijan, the “systematic anti-Iran propaganda in the Azeri media” and called for an end to “such unfriendly behavior towards Iran.”
On Monday, Azerbaijan rejected as “slander” Iranian claims that Baku has been collaborating with Israel’s spy services and helping assassins who have killed Iranian nuclear scientists.
The Azerbaijani foreign ministry condemned a protest note given to its ambassador in Tehran which complained about the alleged collaboration. The note demanded that Baku prevent Mossad from carrying out anti-Iranian “activities” on its soil.
“This Iranian note is slander,” foreign ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told AFP.
He described the Iranian complaint as a reaction to a formal protest last month from Baku to Tehran after two men with alleged links to Iranian intelligence were arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill prominent Israelis in neighboring Azerbaijan.