TEHRAN (FNA)—Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments, and discussed ways of bolstering the bilateral ties between Tehran an Yerevan.
Speaking at a meeting in Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian top diplomat hailed “longstanding” and “friendly” relations between Iran and neighboring Armenia.
“Iran’s new administration attaches special significance to the expansion of ties with neighbors and we are willing to bolster these relations more than before,” said Zarif.
He further stated that Iran and Armenia enjoy great economic and commercial grounds for cooperation, stressing that frequent visits by officials of the two countries can “play an effective role in the expansion of bilateral ties”.
Kocharyan, for his part, expressed hope that reciprocal visits by senior Armenian and Iranian officials would pave the way for further enhancement of Tehran-Yerevan relations in all areas.
Early in November, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian and his Armenian counterpart Ara Simonian, in a meeting in Tehran, called for the further expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries, specially in electricity fields.
During the meeting, the Iranian energy minister pointed to the current status of Iran-Armenia relations, and said, “The two countries enjoy very close cooperation in the fields of energy and electricity.”
He underlined that the two sides have also agreed to create a joint venture to run a new power transfer line.
The Armenian energy minister, for his part, said that Armenia supports the construction of the third line for transfer of high-voltage electricity and Aras Hydroelectric Power Station.
In a similar meeting in Moscow last week, Chitchian and Simonian underlined the need for boosting bilateral energy relations in the near future.
Chitchian pointed to the high level of political relations between the two countries, and said, “We believe that under the current circumstances cooperation between the two countries can be further developed in the fields of oil, gas and electricity.”
The Armenian energy minister, for his part, said that Iran and Armenia enjoy very close cooperation, adding that Yerevan attaches great significance to its ties with Tehran.
Simonian also expressed hope that Iran-Armenia ties would gain momentum during the presidency of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.