YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alirezza Sheikhatar was in Yerevan Tuesday meeting separately with Armenia’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for talks centered on the deepening of relations between the two countries.
Armenian-Iranian relations have been expanding during recent years and include a number of joint programs in a number of spheres, including economics, according to Nalbandian, who said during his meeting with Sheikhatar that the Armenian-Iranian intergovernmental commission has played a pivotal role in the expansion of cooperation between the two countries, he said.
The meetings covered a number of topics, including cooperation in the finance, energy, and transportation sectors of both countries, as well as recent developmen’s in Iran’s nuclear energy program and the current status of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict negotiation process were also on the agenda.
The Government’s Press Office reported that Sheikhattar conveyed warm greetings from Iran’s First Vice President and Foreign Minister. He also extended invitations for Nalbandian and Sargsyan to visit Tehran for further discussions on the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries.
According to Sheikhtar, the progress in Armenian-Iranian relations is based on an ancient friendship, and a shared history and culture. He reiterated Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki invitation for Nalbandian to visit Tehran.
“Iranian-Armenian relations have been developing successfully since Armenia’s independence. The Islamic Republic has always been Armenia’s friend, even during the direst of times. Sheikhtar said, adding that this position is based on the principled approach followed by official Tehran.
“We believe that a stable and prosperous Armenia can contribute to bringing peace and stability to the region,” he said.
Sheikhtar also spoke during talks with both Armenian officials about the need to further development a legal framework for boosting Armenian-Iranian trade and economic cooperation. He also briefed the Armenian prime minister on substantial changes in liberalizing Iran’s banking sector and suggested that both countries continue discussing cooperation in that sector.
He also suggested that special working groups be set up to help make bilateral cooperation more effective. These groups should be tasked with detecting obstacles and proposing means for their elimination. Sargsyan agreed, saying that these groups could begin work after the logistics have been specified by both countries’ foreign ministries.