Iran, Armenia Determined to Improve Cooperation

Iran's Mottaki (left) with Nalbandian at an earlier meeting

TEHRAN (Combined Sources)—Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Armenia are determined to improve the level of political, economic and cultural cooperation.

Mottaki made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian who is on an official visit to Tehran.

He said that Iran-Armenia Joint Economic Commission has held several meetings and Tehran is scheduled to host its ninth round.

Mottaki said that high ranking Iranian and Armenian officials regularly consult on bilateral, regional and international developments.

“Iran has implemented several infrastructural projects in transport and energy sectors in Armenia,” he said.

He said that the two sides have similar positions on global developments and that Tehran and Yerevan always back each other within international organizations.

The Armenian Foreign Minister, for his part, expressed satisfaction withr his visit to Iran and said the two countries have similar interests in regional and international issues and seek to further deepen bilateral ties.

Iran and Armenia are currently involved in implementing various development projects in energy and transport sectors, he said.

The Armenian Foreign Minister said that he is scheduled to meet with the Iranian President and will deliver a message from Armenian President to him.

Nalbandian emphasized on Wednesday that Iran can play an important role in resolving the Nagonro-Karabakh conflict.

“We believe that Iran has a prominent role (in resolving the conflict). Iran has adopted a balanced position vis-à-vis the Karabakh conflict,” said Nalbandian at a joint press conference with Mottaki.

Iran has already voiced its willingness to help resolve the conflict.

Iran’s ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Baqer Bahrami announced in March that Azerbaijan and Armenia have both asked Iran to mediate in the dispute.

“The two sides have accepted that Iran (should) leverage all its resources in the region to help resolve the crisis in this region,” the envoy said at the time.

Commenting on the bilateral ties between Tehran and Yerevan, Nalbandian stated that the ties between the two neighboring countries are “warm and excellent”, and said “we stress further consolidation and deepening of the ties” between Iran and Armenia.

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili also emphasized the need for strengthening of relations with Armenia to benefit regional cooperations and issues.

Speaking at a meeting with Nalbandian on Wednesday, Jalili said, “Sustainable development and progress in the region is possible through regional security and cooperation.”

Nalbandian, for his part, described Iran-Armenia ties as “strategic and deep”, and stressed that the regular exchange of visits by high-ranking Iranian and Armenian officials indicates good bilateral ties between Tehran and Yerevan and the two countries’ readiness for the expansion of those ties.


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