Armenia Wants Closer Relations with Iran Advisor Says

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– "Our relations with Israel are not expected to grow so close as to strain our relations with any other country," Aram Sargssian–the foreign policy advisor to the president–told Noyan Tapan. Besides–the official continued–given the existing factors–such as the Armenian and Israeli Diasporas–we have to consider our own interests–also.

Armenia has adhered to a clear policy which states that it can have mutually beneficial relations with any state–Sargssian said. He added that "we can be military partners with some–be just neighbors with others and simply have good relations with still others."

When asked whom Armenia might rely on–Israel or Iran–in case of resumed hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh–Sargssian said–"We do not choose anyone. We have very stable relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and we’ll try not to spoil these relations. On the contrary–we will only deepen them. We highly appreciate the huge assistance Iran rendered to us from 1991-1998."

The presidential advisor emphasized that "Iran is establishing due relations with the West–and there is nothing strange about it. Today Iran is renewing its relations with Great Britain–why should we be suspicious of this process?"

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