Armenia, Iran Sign Defense Cooperation Memo

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The defense chiefs of Armenia and Iran’signed a memorandum on cooperation between the two countries’ military departmen’s in Yerevan on Thursday.
Armenia’s Defense Minister Mikael Harutiunian and his Iranian counterpart Major-General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar stressed the importance of the event for the two countries’ future cooperation after signing the document.
"I find it necessary to mention once again that the consistent policy in this issue will be consolidated by the atmosphere of trust that has been formed over centuries and will serve as a ground for cooperation in the future for the benefit of the peaceful existence of the two friendly nations," Harutiunian said.
"At the same time, steps are being made to deepen cooperation in the area of supply of foodstuffs and items between the Etka and Zinar companies of the Defense Ministry of Iran and the Defense Ministry of Armenia, respectively," Harutiunian added.
Najjar, who has been on a three-day visit to Armenia’since Tuesday, said that the relations between Armenia and Iran can serve as a good example of warm and friendly relations between two countries.
"Security and cooperation are needed for a stable economic development of the region’s countries. Iran wants to have stable and firm relations with all its neighbors," the Iranian defense chief emphasized.
The delegation led by Najjar was also received by President Robert Kocharian.
According to Kocharian’s press service, Minister Najjar conveyed to the Armenian president warm greetings from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The sides reportedly stressed the high level of Armenian-Iranian relations, attaching importance to the agreemen’s reached by the two countries’ presidents in the matter of further developing this cooperation.

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