03, 2009

President Sargsyan received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Manouchehr Mottaki

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Chairman of the Armenian-Iranian intergovernmental commission, Manouchehr Mottaki and his delegation, who arrived to Armenia on official visit.

The President of Armenia hailed the current high level of friendly Armenian-Iranian relations and noted that Iran has been a good neighbor and a reliable partner for Armenia. Serzh Sargsyan expressed confidence that the visit of the Head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry to our country would serve as a new impetus for the unfolding cooperation in different areas.

Manouchehr Mottaki passed on the President of Armenia warm greetings of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also expressed confidence that the forthcoming official visit of the President of Armenia to Iran would open a new page in the history of the relations of the two countries and would become a starting point for the implementation of large-scale programs. Assessing the centuries-long friendship of the two people as a great asset, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran said that his country holds trust in the future of its relations with Armenia, considering them rational and serving interests of the two nations.

Noting that the Armenian-Iranian relations encompass many areas, the parties concurred that in recent years they have acquired a strategic nature and a new quality, broadening into long-term infrastructure projects. Among prospective projects the two sides highlighted the construction of Armenia-Iran railroad, which would be of great significance not only for Armenia and Iran but also for the entire region. They also underlined the importance of expanding the current legal field which will create new opportunities for a deepened cooperation in the economic area.

The parties exchanged also views on the present situation in the Caucasus region.

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