Azerbaijan's navy has made its first-ever visit to Iran, signaling warming ties between the wary neighbors and Baku's growing desire to show that it has non-Western geopolitical options.
Two Azerbaijani patrol ships visited the Iranian port of Enzeli, where the crews visited an Iranian missile boat and did some sightseeing. The visit was low-key, but it was a big step in Azerbaijan-Iran relations on the Caspian, which have generally been characterized by tension and mistrust.
There have been a number of episodes in the past two decades where Iran appeared to be trying to intimidate vessels involved in Azerbaijani oil exploration, and Azerbaijan has worried about its capacity to stand up to its much larger neighbor.
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