Iran Looking to Mediate Karabakh Conflict

TEHRAN (Xinhua)–Iran is looking forward to a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan–President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Thursday.

While meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian–the president said that peace in Nagorno-Karabakh will pave the way for the reconstruction and welfare of the two peoples.

Iranian officials have reiterated their readiness to mediate between the two neighbors over their dispute on Karabakh.

The visiting Armenian foreign minister said that his country gives special priority to its relations with Iran in its foreign policy. At the meeting Arzoumanian also delivered a written message of Levon Ter-Petrosyan to Rafsanjani on the two countries’ further promotion of multilateral cooperation.

The sides addressed matters related to Ter-Petrosyan’s upcoming visit Iran.

In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati–the Armenian foreign minister hailed Iran’s key role in resolving regional crises and said that Yerevan attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran.

The ministers pointed out the importance of Armenian-Iranian relations.

That same day the Armenian and Iranian officials held a meeting with Turkmen’stan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Boris Shikhmuradov–who is also visiting Tehran.

The sides addressed problems of developing tripartite cooperation between Armenia–Iran and Turkmen’stan.

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