Dec 3 2004


YEREVAN, DECEMBER 3, ARMENPRESS: Armenian defense minister Serzh
Sarkisian received today Iran's ambassador to Armenia, Ali Reza
Haghighyan to discuss, according to a press release by the ministry,
regional security issues and Nagorno Karabagh conflict regulation
pace. The ministry said the two men also spoke about Armenian defense
minister's upcoming visit to Tehran.
Mr. Haghighyan expressed his willingness to help organize Farsi
language courses at the Armenian Military Academy in Yerevan. This
willingness was hailed by the minister, who said it may become the
second Armenian establishment, after Yerevan State University, to
provide extensive teaching of Farsi.
The two men were said to touch upon the recent progress in
Armenian-Iranian economic cooperation. The ambassador was quoted as
saying that Iran emphasizes Armenia's stability and sustainable
economic development. He said some new ideas emerged in the course of
high-level bilateral meetings, related to building an Iran-Armenia
railway, imports of oil products. These ideas were likewise welcomed
by Armenian defense minister, who described them as "brilliant" and
said their implementation would be beneficial to Armenia.
Sarkisian also spoke about Armenia's individual plan of
partnership with NATO stressing again that Armenia does not seek
membership with the Alliance.