Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pakayeen stressed that the detention of two Azeri nationals in Iran for violating the country ' s laws will leave no harm on the friendly relations between Tehran and Baku.

" The two Azerbaijani citizens had traveled to Iran as tourists and were detained for breaching Iranian laws, " Pakayeen was quoted as saying by the Islamic republic news agency on Wednesday. The Iranian diplomat made the remark in response to a question by Azerbaijan News Agency(APA) about the arrest of Khalida Khalid, a researcher at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences(ANAS), and her driver Shamkhal Huseynov, in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz. Dismissing claims that the arrest of Khalid was related to her being an employee of ANAS, the Iranian ambassador explained that Iran has very good relations with ANAS, and that the academy ' s members attend seminars in Iran. Pakayeen reiterated that the arrests of the Azeri nationals were made due to their violation of Iranian law, elaborating that over 130 Iranian nationals are currently being held in detention in Azerbaijan for violating the Azeri law. He emphasized that the detention of the two Azeri citizens will have no bearing on Tehran - Baku relations. Iran has recently enhanced efforts to boost political, economic, security and cultural ties and cooperation with the regional and neighboring countries, specially the Central Asian states. In October, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to Baku to attend the 12th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization. The summit was held at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku. The Iranian and Azeri presidents met on the sidelines of ECO Summit, where the two leaders underlined the need for rigid efforts to expand bilateral relations and widen mutual cooperation.