TEHRAN (MNA)—Iranian First Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri and Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan discussed Armenia’s and Iran’s bilateral relations during a phone conversation on Saturday, including the deepening of cooperation on gas and electricity exchanges.
According to reports, Jahangiri wished happiness and prosperity to the nation and government of Armenia, expressing content with growing bilateral ties between the two countries, adding that Armenia and Iran could take further steps to develop cooperation.
Abrahamyan greeted Jahangiri with the same wishes and extended an invitation to Jahangiri to visit Yerevan. Abrahamyan also expressed his content with the removal of obstacles in order to develop energy ties with Iran.
In line with their existing bilateral relations, Tehran and Yerevan have established growing energy exchanges in recent years. Iran has traded more than 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas with Armenia for electricity over the past seven years. In 2013, Iran exchanged some 481 million cubic meters of gas for electricity from Armenia, the largest exchange in energy between the two countries in seven years.
Abrahamyan also expressed his optimism for the promotion of peace in the region as Armenia and Iran enhance their mutual ties.
Abrahamyan suggested that Iran, Armenia and Georgia form a trilateral agreement to cooperate in the area of transit.
“There are many grounds for mutual cooperation between the two countries and we can boost the level of our cooperation in different fields,” Jahangiri said.
“Iran is prepared to improve cooperation with Armenia in different fields, including energy, production and transfer of electricity, transit of goods and passengers through Iran-Armenia-Georgia route,” Jahangiri continued.
In June, Iran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia had expressed the country’s willingness to promote its relations with Armenia.
Iran sees no limitations for the development of ties with Armenia, Tayyebnia said, adding that Tehran is ready to remove any obstacles to reinforce bilateral cooperation.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Armenia’s Ambassador to Iran Artashes Tumanyan in Tehran.
“Iranian companies enjoy good capabilities in the field of technical and engineering services and are ready to participate in the implementation of different projects in Armenia,” the Iranian minister stated at the time.
The meeting came a few days after Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour conferred with Armenian foreign and energy ministers on ways to develop economic cooperation between the two countries.