IRAN'S FIRST VP CALLS FOR BOLSTERING TIES WITH ARMENIA

Fars News Agency, Iran
Oct 2 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri Wednesday
stressed the need for widening bilateral relations and mutual
cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan in all fields.

In a congratulatory message to Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
on National Day (October 2), Jahangiri wished the Armenian government
and nation peace and prosperity, and expressed the hope that bilateral
ties between the two neighbors would witness further expansion in
all arenas.

Early in August, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his Armenian
counterpart Serzh Sargsian, in a meeting in Tehran, hailed the
friendly relations between the two neighboring states, and called
for the further expansion of mutual cooperation in all arenas.

During the meeting, the Iranian president said that relations between
Iran and Armenia have been friendly based on mutual interests and
there is no doubt that the same trend will be continued in future to
help enhance the current level of relations and cooperation.

Iran has always called for expansion of relations and cooperation with
Armenia thanks to both sides cultural and civilization commonalities,
Rouhani added.

Armenia at international conferences has always adopted a very close
and friendly stand with Iran, which helps meet both sides' interests,
Rouhani said.

The Armenian president, for his part, said that Iran and Armenia have
kept abreast of developments throughout history and in the past 20
years they developed economic cooperation.

There is no doubt that ties and cooperation between the two countries
will be bolstered in line with the expansion of economic cooperation
during the tenure of president Rouhani, he said.

Iran has long taken various diplomatic initiatives to expand its ties
with the neighboring states.

In recent years, Iran and its Northern neighbor Armenia have boosted
cooperation, signed agreements on energy cooperation and agreed to
cooperate in technology and research and to enhance ties in commerce
and economy.