Iran ready to help solve problems between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – Politics News
Nasser Kanaani on Saturday called for a lasting border truce and urged the two sides to settle their differences through dialogue and peaceful means.
The spokesperson underlined the very friendly relations between Iran and the two Central Asian countries and announced that Tehran was ready to help resolve the disputes between the two neighbors, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry website. .
The remarks came after fresh clashes erupted in common border areas on Friday morning. Both sides have accused each other of using tanks, mortars, rockets and assault drones to attack outposts and nearby settlements.
According to reports, the clashes have claimed the lives of 54 people so far. Kyrgyzstan has announced that 24 of its citizens have been killed while some 137,000 others have been evacuated from the conflict zone.
Tajikistan has yet to officially announce its casualties but reports say around 30 people were killed this week, including 15 who were at a mosque which Tajikistan says was hit by a Kyrgyz drone.
On Friday evening, the Kyrgyz president’s office said in a statement that the two sides had agreed at a meeting in Uzbekistan to order a ceasefire and the withdrawal of troops from disputed areas.
According to the latest reports, the ceasefire is holding despite accusations that the two sides are trading truce violations.
Fighting regularly breaks out between the two countries which share a 970 kilometer border, with around half of the border disputed.
The fighting has raised fears of yet another conflict in the former Soviet region after unprecedented clashes between the two sides claimed 50 lives in 2021.