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Azerbaijan: Iran Nuke Deal Would Be a Mixed Bag for Baku

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev welcomes Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a business forum at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku in mid-November 2014. As Iran and the 5+1 group continue negotiations on a deal to monitor Iran’s nuclear program, Azerbaijan may be positioning itself to benefit from the lifting of sanctions with the opening of new trade and tourism opportunities. (Photo: Azerbaijan Presidential Press Office)

A lot still has to happen before a deal to monitor Iran’s nuclear program can be implemented. But if it goes through, Azerbaijan could face a diplomatic quandary.
 
Representatives of the 5+1 group (comprising the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) and negotiators from Iran agreed on the broad outlines of a deal on April 2. But plenty of details still need to be filled in. The two sides are set to meet again in late April in Vienna to address unresolved issues. The aim is to have a comprehensive deal finalized by the end of June.
 
From Baku’s point of view, a nuclear deal, along with a possible rapprochement between the West and Iran, would have its advantages and disadvantages.
 

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Eldar Mamedov is a political adviser to the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. He writes in his personal capacity.

Azerbaijan: Iran Nuke Deal Would Be a Mixed Bag for Baku

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