President: Iran bent on expanding cooperation with neighbors

IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Sunday evening said Iran is determined to expand ties and cooperation with neighboring states.

Rouhani also stressed the need for Tehran and Yerevan to use their capacities for strengthening of bilateral relations.

Assessing the recent developments in Armenia as positive, the Iranian president said he was glad that people’s will and demands in recent developments in Armenia were materialized peacefully.

Rouhani said the signing of a cooperation agreement by Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union provided a suitable opportunity for expansion of relations between Iran and Armenia in trade, economy and agriculture and other fields of mutual interest.

Iran has always favored the establishment of peace, stability and security in the region and world and has sought settlement of political disputes through negotiations and based on international regulations, the Iranian president pointed out.

Rouhani termed the US unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers as being against its international commitments and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and said Iran will stay in the deal as long as its interests are guaranteed by other parties to the pact.

The Armenian premier, for his part, said Armenia attaches great importance to broadening its friendly ties with Iran based on mutual respect and shared interests.

He underscored the need for deepening mutual trade and economic cooperation and for implementing joint projects and agreements already reached between the two sides.

Lauding the Islamic Republic’s balanced stands on regional and international issues, Pashinyan said strengthening peace and stability in the region would benefit all regional countries.

He also reiterated that the Iran Deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action guaranteed regional peace and stability and said Armenia has never participated and will never participate in any anti-Iran moves.