TEHRAN (Fact)–Iran’should become Armenia’s number one trade partner–and the Nagonro-Karabakh conflict should be resolved with Iran’s mediation–Iran’s economy and finance minister Morteza Mohamedkhan told a group of visiting Armenian journalist at a briefing Monday.
"The two government are aiming to do everything to strengthen all relations and ties between the two countries. We hope that the unresolved Karabakh conflict would be resolved through Iran’s intervention," Mohemedkhan told the press conference.
The minister also announced that trade between Armenia and Iran was on the rise and through several agreemen’s–signed last year–import of goods into Armenia from Iran had increased.
He expressed hope that in the near future–the processes of privatization in Armenia would accelerate–thus allowing for greater chances for trade and investment in Armenia.
Mohamedkhan also discussed the energy problem in Armenia and stated that Iran was attempting to counter that issue through various projects and stages of assistance.
"Iran and Armenia could be said are the most important partners for each other–and I hope that in the future we would become Armenia’s number one partner," state Mohamedkhan.
The minister also discussed several issues related to investmen’s in Armenia–explaining that the two countries had signed agreemen’s whereby Iranian investment in Armenia would be regulated and would be made possible through lower interest rates in Armenia.
Several other agreement have also stipulated for assistance to businesses and factories in Armenia which are able to produce products for trade–but lack the resources to revive those industries. Another agreement also provides for the export of raw materials to Armenia to operate factories–profits from whose output could be divided between Iran and Armenia.
Mohamedkhan also discussed efforts to modernize copper and iron mines in Armenia–which have become Armenia’s main export to Iran. He also said that talks were underway for the import of gas to Armenia.
The Iranian minister praised Armenia’s continuing relations with Russia–stating that the strengthening of those relations would benefit Armenia’strategically.
He also discussed the recently signed agreement to initiate an Armenia-Iran-Turkmen’stan railroad for the transport of goods from Central Asia to Iran and other points in the Gulf. Mohamedkhan also stated that the Iran-Armenia-Turkmen’stan economic cooperation accord–signed recently–was already in its early stages of fruition.
He also suggested that Russian-Iranian relations were also very strong and–were of strategic important–stating that Russia-Iran-China and Russia-Iran-China-India cooperation agreemen’s had already been discussed and signed.
In closing the minister praised the quality of copper being exported to Iran from Armenia.