Iran urges stronger ties with Armenia

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Press TV -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has called for the enhancement of relations between the Islamic republic and Armenia in various fields.

In a Monday meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the historical and cultural relations between Tehran and Yerevan and called for the further exploitation of the existing capacities to promote the level of mutual cooperation.
Salehi, who has traveled to Armenia to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Sargsyan, conveyed the greetings and felicitations of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Armenian president on his re-election to a second five-year term.
Sargsyan, for his part, described as special the Iran-Armenia relations and hoped for the development of bilateral cooperation in different economic, trade and cultural spheres.
The two officials also discussed regional and international developments, particularly the crisis in Syria.
Salehi reiterated Iran’s clear stance in support of the reforms initiated by President Bashar al-Assad, stressing that the Syrian people must be allowed to determine their own destiny in a secure and stable atmosphere.
The Armenian president said the interference of foreign forces in Syria’s affairs, which has led to the continuation of the violence and killings in Syria, has complicated the situation in the Arab country.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
In a separate meeting on Monday, Salehi also met with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian.
In recent years, Iran and Armenia have stepped up their bilateral cooperation in different fields, including cooperation on the construction and launch of hydro-electric power plants on the Aras River, joint cooperation between the Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran and Armenia’s National Institute of Standards, cooperation in social welfare as well as bilateral environmental cooperation.
On December 23, 2011, Ahmadinejad paid an official one-day visit to Yerevan. The Iranian president and his Armenian counterpart discussed the promotion of relations between Tehran and Yerevan, Iran’s oil exports to Armenia and the construction of connecting routes.

Fars NA -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) Iran Calls for Expansion of Ties with Armenia

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsian in Yerevan underlined the need for bolstering and reinvigorating relations between the two states.
During the meeting in the Armenian capital on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the friendly ties between Tehran and Yerevan, and said, “There is a need for the further exploitation of the existing capacities in a bid to boost our mutual cooperation.”
Salehi, who is in Armenia to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Sargsian, conveyed the felicitation message of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to his Armenian counterpart on the occasion of his reelection for a second five-year term.
On 14 March 2013, Armenia’s Constitutional Court confirmed the victory of President Sargsian who won the presidential election on February 18.
The Armenian president, for his part, described Iran-Armenia relations as special, hoping for the development of bilateral ties in different economic, trade and cultural areas.
The Iranian foreign minister, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Yerevan on Monday evening.
Salehi is slated to hold talks with Armenian officials on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of President Sargsian in Yerevan.
Earlier this year, President Sargsian appreciated Tehran for its effective mutual cooperation with Yerevan, and underlined his country’s enthusiasm for the further expansion of ties with Iran.
Sargsian appreciated Tehran for its effective bilateral cooperation with Yerevan during the past years.
He said that his country “attaches great importance to expansion of relations with Iran” despite efforts made by the US-led western states to reduce Tehran-Yerevan ties.
Addressing people in the Armenian city of Meghri, President Sargsian said “Armenia will continue efforts” to promote bilateral cooperation with Iran.
In recent years, Iran and its Northern neighbor Armenia have signed agreements on energy cooperation and agreed to cooperate in technology and research and to enhance ties in commerce and economy.
President Ahmadinejad and President Sargsian pledged in December 2011 to further expand “high-level relations” between their nations and, in particular, give new impetus to the implementation of joint energy projects that have fallen behind schedule. 

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