ArmInfo. Visit of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to Iran will give a new impetus to the expansion of bilateral relations and their development, taking into account also Armenian-Iranian historical and cultural communities. The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Roukhani stated at the meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
In his turn, President Sargsyan stated with satisfaction that for this period it is managed to develop and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in all spheres.
Presidents of the two countries during the meeting discussed a wide range of issues related to both bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The interlocutors expressed the common opinion that there is a great potential in the Armenian-Iranian economic relations, in the direction of effective use of which it is necessary to continue consistent work. According to the presidents, this will help revive the trade turnover between the two countries and increase investment.
The presidents both stressed the importance of major projects implemented in a number of industries and the implementation of new and promising programs. The issue was especially about energy, the importance of using international transport and transit routes connecting the Persian Gulf and the Black Sea across the territory of Armenia and Iran was also stressed. The sides drew attention to the development of cooperation in the trilateral Iran-Armenia-Turkmenistan format.
The sides stressed the importance of negotiations between Islamic Republic of Iran and Eurasian Economic Union over the free trade agreement. President of Iran noted that significant steps have been made in this direction and stressed that the signing of the agreement in the near future will be quite fruitful.
Hassan Rohani appreciated the cancellation of exit and entry visas initiated by Armenia, which was an important step from the point of view of expanding business ties, stimulating entrepreneurship, investment and tourism.
The parties referred to the issues of regional security, including the negotiation process on the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict. President Serzh Sargsyan presented the current state of the process and Armenia's position on the peaceful settlement of the conflict through negotiations within the framework of the co- chairmanship in OSCE Minsk Group.
Iranian President stressed that the settlement of NK conflict can be only political, and regional peace and stability are important for his country.
To note, Serzh Sargsyan interrupted his vacation to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the Iranian president. In this regard, Rouhani stressed that Iran highly appreciates the presence of the president of his good neighbor - Armenia at the inauguration ceremony.