The Azerbaijani language is deliberately alienated in Iran, President of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Isa Habibbayli, said, Report informs.

According to him, Iran is essentially a Turkic state:

“The state called Iran has been ruled by Azerbaijani-Turkic dynasties such as the Seljuks, Khwarazmshahs, Ghaznavids, Eldiguzids (also known as Atabegs), Aggoyunlus, Karakoyunlus, Timurids, Safavids, Afshars, and Qajars. Persian chauvinists seized power in Iran at different times, especially in the 20th century. Throughout the centuries, the common language of communication in Iran has not been the Persian language, but the Azerbaijani-Turkic language, as the current regime has always declared. Even now, in Tehran, Mashhad, and other big cities, representatives of different nationalities speak Azerbaijani to communicate with each other.”

Habibbayli reminded that the Persian language is a means of communication for limited official circles, and the Azerbaijani language is a means of communication for all peoples living in Iran: “Nevertheless, as the leader of the World Azerbaijanis, President Ilham Aliyev, rightly said, the Azerbaijani language was deliberately ‘reduced to the level of a household language’ because it is not taught in schools in Iran. As a large number of Arabic-Persian words and foreign idioms have been artificially introduced into the Azerbaijani language, which is the mother tongue of our compatriots living in South Azerbaijan, the grammatical structure, artistic style, and colloquial features of our language have been seriously alienated.”