Nov 29, The Iran Project – Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif heading a high-profile delegation arrived in Yerevan on Tuesday (Nov 28) morning in a visit upon the invitation by his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandyan.
While in Yerevan, Zarif held meetings with Armenian FM Eduard Nalbandyan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, the Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and addressed Armenia-Iran Business Forum.
Zarif and Nalbandyan reviewed issues of mutual interests and the latest regional and international developments.
The two sides stressed resolve for expanding cooperation in all fields, particularly in the economic sector.
Zarif noted the historical ties between the countries, calling for expansion of relations in economic and political sectors as well as the holding of a joint economic commission.
The Armenian foreign minister, for his part, highlighted the growing cooperation between Iran and Armenia, and voiced Yerevan’s readiness to develop and deepen relations with Tehran in all fields of mutual interest, particularly in the economic sector.
In a meeting with Zarif, Karapetyan voiced his country’s interest in increasing cooperation with Iran in energy and economic fields, expressing Armenia’s readiness for implementing transit plans.
Meanwhile, Zarif underlined the importance of removing pollutions from Aras River, urging developing economic cooperation between Iran and Armenia.
Talking to Zarif, Sargsyan says his country welcomes expansion of all-out relations with Iran, striving in that connection.
The Armenian president said diplomatic relations between Iran and Armenia has been established on the bases of friendship, mutual understanding and respect in 25 years from its establishment and hoped the ties will further expand in the future either.
Zarif, for his part, added, “Expansion of relations with the neighbors has always been among priorities of Iranian foreign policy and Armenia has always been a good neighbor to Tehran. Though Iran-Armenia state ties are 25 years old, relations between Iranian and Armenian nations date back to centuries ago.”
Addressing Armenia-Iran Business Forum in Yerevan, Zarif said there is no obstacle to strengthening Tehran-Yerevan ties.
Touching upon Iran-Armenia historical relations, Zarif expressed satisfaction over presence of Iranian-Armenian citizens in Iran “who have always played an active role in the economic sectors and defending their motherland country.”
He underscored that the private sector is considered as the “locomotive of the economy” for expanding mutual cooperation.