TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday urged further expansion of ties between the two neighboring countries of Iran and Azerbaijan, and cautioned against ill-wishers’ plot to undermine the two sides’ relations.

Speaking at the meeting with the visiting Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, Ayatollah Khamenei warned against bids by certain sides to hurt relations between Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic.

“There are some opposed to close and brotherly relations between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and we should stand up to their temptations and acts of sabotage and boost cooperation in different sectors with double will and motivation,” the Leader said.

Also at the meeting, Aliyev strongly supported his country’s relations with Iran, saying Azerbaijan would not allow any third party to harm its ties with the Islamic Republic.

He said that Azerbaijan was keen to improve cooperation with Iran in different sectors, including culture, energy and transportation.