Iran, Armenia urge normalization of trade

Tasnim – Iran’s president and the prime minister of Armenia called for plans to normalize the trade exchanges between the two neighbors following a slump in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, stressing that resumption of trade should conform to health protocols.

In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan highlighted the growing mutual ties between Tehran and Yerevan, but stressed the need for working together in the Joint Commission to develop the bilateral relations.

They emphasized that the officials at the common border must push for the gradual normalization of trade exchanges and business relations in full compliance with the health regulations.

Referring to the spread of the coronavirus in many countries around the world and the problems that this disease has created for governments and nations, the two sides stressed the need to develop regional and international cooperation, and touched upon transfer of experiences in dealing with the coronavirus, the Iranian government’s official website reported.

Iran’s president said the Islamic Republic is ready to export hygienic and health facilities as well as ventilators and face masks to Armenia.

Referring to Iran’s successes in the production of those medical supplies, Rouhani said Tehran is ready to meet the needs of other countries, including Armenia, in the fight against coronavirus.

For his part, Pashiniyan praised the success of the Islamic Republic in combating COVID-19 and the positive results it has achieved.

He also offered congratulations to the government and people of Iran on the start of the holy month of Ramadan.