TEHRAN (FNA)—The governments of Armenia and Iran will work closer together in the future to promote the deepening of bilateral ties between the two countries, Armenia’s Ambassador to Tehran, Grigor Arakelian, said on Wednesday, the Iranian Farse News Agency reported.
Speaking to FNA in an interview, Arakelian said that cooperation between Iran and his country would serve the interests of both nations.
“There is a good prospect for cooperation between Iran and Armenia,” Araklian said, noting the already high level of economic and cultural cooperation between the neighboring countries.
He said Tehran and Yerevan have endorsed over 200 cooperation agreements during the last two decades.
Thought Iran and Armenia have enjoyed strong relations for nearly two decades, the Armenian envoy urged deeper collaboration and in a much broader capacity.
“A number of obstacles,” however, are preventing Armenian-Iranian relations from reaching the next level. Arakelian said. “Armenia enjoys an open economic system but certain rules in Iran have made it difficult for Armenian companies to operate in the country,” he explained.
“If both countries become members of an international economic body, like the World Trade Organization, it would render much help to the expansion of their relations,” he added.
Iran on Tuesday hosted an international conference in Tehran on trade and investment opportunities in Armenia. Armenian and Iranian officials spoke at the conference on the potential of the private sector to help promote ties between the two countries
Speaking at the conference, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Mansour Borqe’I called on Iranian and Armenian officials to explore every available avenue to increase trade ties and exchanges between the two countries.
“Iran and Armenia should use all the existing potentials to expand commercial activities and mutual investment by the (two countries’) private sector,” Borqe’i said.
Ahram Narsisian, a senior advisor to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, echoed Borqe’i’s remarks, adding that Official Yerevan would support any effort to promote relations with Iran.