YEREVAN, TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)—The presidents of Armenia and Iran Thursday had a phone conversation, during which they reiterated the importance of expanding and maximizing relations between the two countries.
During the phone call, the Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad told President Serzh Sarkisian that there is abundant ground for the further development of ties and cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes maximum expansion of relations between the two countries, in various cultural, economic and political realms and welcomes any move which facilitate that objective,” said Ahmadinejad.
He also emphasized the two nations’ age-old historical and cultural relations, and said the Iranian and Armenian people have genuine feelings for each other “and this has provided an appropriate capacity and potential for the reinvigoration of relations between the two countries”.
“Armenia is seeking to further bolster the relations between the two countries in the different fields, specially in economy, and believes that close ties with Tehran would serve the interests of both nations as well as the other nations in the region,” said Sarkisian.
The Iranian president plans to visit Yerevan by the end of this year.
According to Armenia’s presidential press service details for Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iran were also discussed.
Earlier this month, the Director-General of the Iranian Presidential Office for International Affairs had told FNA that President Ahmadinejad would pay a visit to Armenia in the near future.
The Iranian president was last in Armenia in October 2007. During his two day visit to Armenia, Ahmadinejad met with university students and professors and Iranian expatriates in Armenia, and signed four agreements and a joint statement.
Also during the same visit, the University of Yerevan granted an honorary PhD degree to the Iranian president.
Sargsian was in Tehran in March to attend the Iranian New Year festivities.