Armenia Envoy says Iran a Good Friend

Grigor Arakelyan

TEHRAN (ISNA)—Iran’s Ambassador to Armenia Grigor Arakelyan said Tuesday that “Iran has proved its honesty and friendship with Armenia over the past 20 years,” ISNA agency reported.

This statement came days after one of Iran’s top clerics, Ayatollah Seyed Hassan Ameli, said that Iran supplied weapons and training to Afghan rebels who then fought on behalf of Azerbaijan during the Karabakh war.

The comment was confirmed by Armenia’s Defense Minister, Seyran Ohanian, who spoke of the presence of Afghan troops fighting alongside Azerbaijan.

Arakelyan then turned to a discussion on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, saying that Tehran’s mediation efforts for the resolution of the conflict were usefull.

The ambassador stressed that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved through a referendum.

“A Referendum is the only way through which the Nagorno-Karabakh conflcit can be resolved fairly. Holding a referendum does not go against international laws,” said Arakelian.

He also called for an immediate signing of a non-use of force agreement, saying, however that Azerbaijan has categorically refused such a step.


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  1. Tony said:

    Many countries play both side. For instance, US which supports Turkey, has also supplied the PKK according to WikiLeaks

  2. ZARMAIR said:

    Let’s drop this topic and move on to build the railway connecting Armenia to the Persian Gulf. No human labor or effort should be spared to accomplish this goal in no more than TWO YEARS! Thus slicing the Turkish, Azeri, and Georgian Python grip, once and for all…

  3. Araxi said:

    Iran’s ambassador to Armenia an Armenian! Turkeys ambassador to USA an Armenian!
    What is going on? What kind of politics are the two countries up to. I don’t doubt Iran’s friendship and good-neighbourly relations with Armenia, however, we are seeing some phenominal coincidences here. Some say coincidences just don’t happen.
    Does anyone here have any thoughts along these lines?

  4. Hayreniq said:

    There is a type… Mr. Arakelyan is the Armenian ambassador to Iran, not the other way…

  5. Hayreniq said:

    ooops.. there is a typo in my post itself! It should be “typo” instead of “type” :)