Iran always seeking friendly ties with neighbours, including Armenia/Stressing development of economic ties

President met with the Prime Minister of Armenia and stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is always seeking friendly relations with its neighbours, including Armenia.

Wed 26 - September 2018 - 05:51

Speaking with the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday in New York, President Hassan Rouhani said, “Fortunately, there is a good trust between the two governments and nations, but despite the existing potentials and capacities, the pace of development of Tehran-Yerevan relations is not desirable”.

Stating that regarding energy swaps, Iran is ready to work with Armenia, the president said, "Extensive capacities in both countries require economic relations to be improved at the same pace with political ones”.

Dr Rouhani said, “It is important for us to connect with the Black Sea through Armenia and Georgia, and the South-North corridor is of great importance in this regard, and Tehran is ready to complete this corridor and highway in terms of technical and engineering services”.

The president also urged strengthening cooperation between the two countries' private sectors, adding, “We are ready to encourage the private sector to engage in business in Armenia and facilitate Armenian companies’ investment”.

The Armenian PM also expressed condolences on the martyrdom of a number of Iranians in the terrorist attack in Ahwaz, saying, "We are ready to develop relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and we must use all potentialities in the development of these cooperation and make a leap in relations, especially in economic fields".

Prime Minister Pashinyan went on to stress the need for faster implementation of agreements between the two countries, and added, "We need to design new plans for development of cooperation, and now it's time to implement the agreements between the two countries, especially in the fields of energy swaps".

"We are also interested in a new corridor that connects us to the Persian Gulf," he said.

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